Born in the UK Lore Lixenberg has performed widely in opera, concert repertoire and music-theatre, and works with many leading composers.
She has sung throughout Europe at numerous festivals, including Wien Modern, Oslo’s Ultima and the festivals in Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Witten, Donaueschingen and Aldeburgh, and performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the Ensemble InterContemporain, Klangforum Wien, BCMG, the Northern Sinfonia and Apartment House.
She featured in the Channel 4 documentary What made Mozart tick and most recently in Kombat Opera Presents…, a set of six television comedy operas commissioned from Richard Thomas by BBC2. Lore Lixenberg sang the main female operatic role in Richard Thomas’ award-winning Jerry Springer - The Opera at the Edinburgh Festival, the National Theatre and in London’s West End, and on CD.
- 01. Violin Concerto: I Giusto6'58"
- 02. Violin Concerto: II Largo e mesto6'27"
- 03. Violin Concerto: III Animoso3'01"
- 04. Violin Concerto: IV Malinconio9'50"
- 05. Two Scenes from the Death of Count Ugolino: Scene 1, sostenuto10'29"
- 06. Two Scenes from the Death of Count Ugolino: Scene 2, energico5'45"
- 07. Motus17'52"
- 08. Stirling Choruses8'00"
Stuart MacRae's Violin Concerto, commissioned for the 2001 BBC Proms, is performed here by soloist Christian Tetzlaff with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under its chief conductor Ilan Volkov; it is coupled with Stirling Choruses, written for the brass section of the BBC SSO, which portrays the “dark and foreboding” Stirling Castle.
These are works are joined by Motus, a processional for 6 instruments; and Two Scenes from the Death of Count Ugolino, for voice and instrumental ensemble - based on a gruesome section of Dante’s Inferno, and featuring mezzo-soprano Loré Lixenberg.
'Christian Tetzlaff is one of a number of violinists to have taken the Concerto into their repertory, and his performance on this disc is dazzling. He takes every technical challenge in his stride, and perfectly articulates both the fragile, constantly changing relationship between the soloist and the orchestra and MacRae's intriguing four-movement plan, which reverses concerto convention and sites its emotional centre of gravity on the fiercly eloquent finale.'
BBC Music Magazine
Violin Concerto / Stirling Choruses:
Recording date: 7 January, 24 February 2006
Recording venue: City Halls, Glasgow
Engineer: Graeme Taylor
Producer: Simon Lord
Motus / Two Scenes:
Recording date: 24 April 2005
Recording venue: CBSO Centre, Birmingham
Engineer: Mike Clements
Producer: Andrew Walton
Cover image: Francois Hall
(P) 2006 NMC Recordings Ltd