Academia Allegro Vivo – Next Generation
Vahid Khadem-Missagh took over as artistic director of Academia Allegro Vivo on the renowned festival orchestra’s fortieth anniversary, a generational shift that has found expression both in the orchestra’s membership and in the design of its programmes.
Every year, Academia Allegro Vivo performs in numerous concerts as orchestra-in-residence at the International Allegro Vivo Festival. Aspiring to combine highest artistic quality and delight in playing music, Academia Allegro Vivo is a musical ambassador, touring the globe and taking up invitations to international music festivals.
As “Orchestra in residence” of the International Music Festival Allegro Vivo, the Academia Allegro Vivo performs a wide repertoire from the Baroque to contemporary music, also premiering commissioned works. It undertakes worldwide tours and is invited to international music festivals.
The Academia Allegro Vivo combines the traditional Viennese sound of strings with modern forms of interpretation and innovative programmes. Their project entitled “cultural metamorphosis” presents a series of commissioned works combining cultures of other continents with European classical music, thus providing an enrichment to their repertoire and an inspiration for diverse styles of Performance.
Among its numerous CD recordings, there have been world premiers in recent years. Releases of the last years have been Metamorphosen (ORF), the recording of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden in the version by Gustav Mahler (ORF), Joseph Haydn’s most famous piano concertos (Label Camerata Tokyo), as well as Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Symphonic Serenade, Bela Bartok’s Divertimento for Strings and Orchestra and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence and Souvenir d’un lieu cher (ORF), which were highly acclaimed.
Futhermore releases are Mozart’s Clarinet concerto performed by Matthias Schorn, a world premiere of Flora Marlene Geisselbrecht and R. Strauss’ Metamorphosen Study for 23 solo strings. Quite recently the new double CD “Neue Horizonte” was presented with works of Dvořàk, Barber, Villa-Lobos, Strawinsky, Rota, Pleyel und Roussel.
The latest release is a double CD with Mendelssohns Concert for piano, violin and orchestra, Dvořáks Serenade for strings and Orawa of Wojciech Kilar. A rarity worth listening also is the 4th Symphony of Gustav Mahler in a chamber ensemble version of Erwin Stein.