David Philip Hefti's CD debut with Deutsche Grammophon

On 9 July 2021, Deutsche Grammophon releases Shades Of Love – Korean Drama Soundtracks, arranged orchestrally. The music will be performed by the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, conducted by David Philip Hefti. Soloists are Daniel Hope (violin), Albrecht Mayer (oboe), Richard Yongjae O’Neill (viola), Sebastian Knauer (piano) and Philipp Jundt, Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway (flutes).

Available on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon, JPC as well as Deutsche Grammophon.

Please find more information here.

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Patricia Kopatchinskaja premieres David Philip Heftis Sechs Klanginseln

Patricia Kopatchinskaja will play and lead the world premiere of David Philip Hefti's Sechs Klanginseln (Six Sound Islands) – for violin, clarinet and string orchestra with the CAMERATA BERN on June 27, 2021, with clarinetist Reto Bieri as co-soloist.

It is a commission from CAMERATA BERN and artistic partner Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who brought Hefti to Bern as composer-in-residence for the 2020/21 season. The program of the concert entitled Reigen consists of Hefti's work and various dances by Ligeti, Schönberg, Schubert, Veress and Bartók and is intended to bring the home countries and sounds of great composers into the concert hall and bring them to life there. This concert will also be recorded by radio SRF 2 Kultur and broadcast in autumn 2021.
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David Philip Hefti conducts the Basel Symphony Orchestra in a WP of his work Final(ment)e

Hefti's new work Final(ment)e – Beziehungsweisen for two trumpets and orchestra will be premiered on June 23 and 24, 2021 in the Stadtcasino Basel by Immanuel Richter and Huw Morgan as soloists and the Basel Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Hefti himself.

June 23 & 24, 2021, 7:30 p.m., Stadtcasino Basel
Basel Symphony Orchestra

Hefti: Final(ment)e – Beziehungsweisen for two trumpets and orchestra
Huw Morgan, trumpet / Immanuel Richter, trumpet
David Philip Hefti, conductor

Saint-Saëns: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra No. 1 in A minor
Sol Gabetta, cello
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor
Ivor Bolton, conductor

Radio SRF 2 Kultur will record this concert and broadcast it on October 14, 2021 at 8 p.m. in the program “In the concert hall”. read more less

David Philip Hefti and Mozart in Winterthur on SRF 2 Kultur

David Philip Hefti in the dual role of conductor and composer of two works can be heard on radio on SRF 2 Kultur on 3 June at 8 pm. The concert recording of 29 January 2021 from the Stadthaussaal Winterthur with the Musikkollegium Winterthur and Jürg Dähler on viola as soloist features Mozart’s Symphony No. 1 in E-flat major, the world premiere of Hefti’s Cantabile – Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, as well as his Adagietto for String Orchestra and Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 in G minor.

Hefti has a long relationship with Winterthur – even as a student he sat in the woodwind section of the Musikollegium – he was an adjunct with the clarinet. The viola concerto “Cantabile” was commissioned by the Musikkollegium from the internationally renowned musician from St. Gallen. The premiere was planned much earlier – now it could finally take place under Corona conditions. In front of an empty hall. It is all the more impressive how the soloist Jürg Dähler performs the enormously demanding solo part. The composer did not “spare” the orchestra either – the result is a work of the highest expressive density. The “Adagietto”, which Hefti dedicated to his wife Mareike (she is a violist), is also rich in tonal colors. It revolves around the note F-sharp and leads to the “little” G minor symphony by the 17-year-old W.A. Mozart.

From 3 June 2021, 8 p.m. on SRF 2 Kultur.
Mozart: Symphony No. 1 in E-flat major KV 16
Hefti: Cantabile. Concerto for viola and orchestra – world premiere
Hefti: Adagietto for string orchestra
Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G minor KV 183

On SRF 2 Kultur, the concert will be available until seven days after the broadcast date.
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Light and Shade – new CD with David Philip Hefti

Swiss composer David Philip Hefti and the Amaryllis Quartett present premiere recordings of three of Hefti’s works for string quartet and soloists on the CD “Light and Shade.” On 18 March, the recording will be released at NEOS; in May the CD will be available on all digital outlets.

“Light and Shade” grew out of a long-standing collaboration between the Amaryllis Quartett and Hefti, and is also their first joint CD project:

An durchsichtigen Fäden – for mezzo soprano and string quartet to a poem by Kurt Aebli from 2018 is dedicated to the Amaryllis Quartett and mezzo-soprano Maria Riccarda Wesseling; world premiere in April 2018 in Lübeck

Concubia nocte – music for the second nocturnal vigil (String quartet No. 5) from 2018; world premiere in October 2018 at the Engelberg Monastery with the Merel Quartett.

Danse interstellaire – mourning music for basset clarinet and string quartet from 2014 with the Amaryllis Quartett and Bernhard Röthlisberger on basset clarinet, is dedicated to David Philip Hefti’s mother; world premiere in October 2015 at Schwetzingen Castle with Nikolaus Friedrich and the Amaryllis Quartett

“The long-term relationship with the Amaryllis Quartett is one of the most gratifying collaborations of my career so far. The four musicians combine the analytical understanding of the works with an emotional approach to the music and thus belong – to my ears – to the best string quartets of today. That our partnership is crowned by the first joint CD “Light and Shade” makes me particularly happy.” David Philip Hefti read more less

Supersonic Award for The Snow Queen

The CD with David Philip Hefti's second music theater work The Snow Queen was awarded the Supersonic Award in November 2020.

Reviewer Uwe Krusch from Pizzicato magazine writes:

This musical story follows the fairy tale The Snow Queen by the Danish poet Hans Christian Andersen and is based on a libretto by Andreas Schäfer. David Philip Hefti composed the music. The first performance by the commissioning Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich has now been recorded.

The story is about a little girl who is looking for her long-time playmate who was kidnapped by the Snow Queen. Like many of Andersen’s other fairy tales, this one also deals with the small happiness of ordinary people in a humorous and ironic way. The girl’s search takes place in dreamlike scenes in which she meets various characters until she redeems the boy with her tears.

Although Hefti works with modern tonal language including microtonal elements, his music is truly appealing. This may also be due to the fact that one listens above all to the sung or spoken words and that the music is effectively creating background moods, so that in combination with the voices it unfolds a more enchanting than disturbing effect. This is also helped by the committed and delightful performance by the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra under the direction of the composer.

Mojca Erdmann sings the four roles assigned to her, especially the one of the Snow Queen, with intensity, without appearing vocally strained at all. The narrators, in two roles each, Delia Meyer and Max Simonischek, succeed in creating their parts so that they convey the dreamlike and also somewhat surreal character of the piece in an expressive way. In this way, composer and librettist have created the base of a wonderful fairy-tale, which is then strikingly interpreted by the performers.
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David Philip Hefti: Wechselgesang – Mosaic No. 2 for solo viola
world premiere

Jürg Dähler, viola

David Philip Hefti: Final(ment)e – 'Beziehungsweisen' for two trumpets and orchestra

Immanuel Richter & Huw Morgan, trumpets
Basel Symphony Orchestra / David Philip Hefti, conductor


Sechs Klanginseln (2021) +

for violin, clarinet and string orchestra

Final(ment)e (2021) +

'Beziehungsweisen' for two trumpets and orchestra

Cadenza and interludes (2021) +

for the Sonata in a minor for solo flute (Wq 132) by C. P. E. Bach

Mormorando (2020) +

music for flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon

Gallicinium (2020) +

music for the fourth nocturnal vigil for wind quintet