NEWS

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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CD out now! The Snow Queen

On November 13th, 2020 the CD with David Philip Hefti's second music theater The Snow Queen was officially released on the NEOS label and is now available worldwide.

The world premiere took place in November 2018 with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich under the baton of the composer himself, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich. In addition to Mojca Erdmann as Snow Queen, the actress Delia Mayer, known from the television series Tatort (Switzerland), as narrator/Gerda and the actor Max Simonischek as Kay are involved as soloists.

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David Philip Hefti’s CD release of „The Snow Queen“ and Composer in Residence at CAMERATA BERN

David Philip Hefti will open the season as Composer in Residence at CAMERATA BERN on September 26th 2020 and on November 27th 2020 his music theater “The Snow Queen” will be released on CD (NEOS).

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Artistic Partner of CAMERATA BERN, will conduct from the violin the world premiere of Hefti’s Double Concerto for violin, clarinet, and string orchestra, with Reto Bieri on clarinet. As Composer in Residence at CAMERATA BERN, Hefti built a chamber music program as well as a single work will be played. A composer’s colloquium will be held at the Hochschule der Künste Bern (information here). Patricia Kopatchinskaja about David Philip Hefti: “ I heard the Wunderhorn-Music by David Philip Hefti and immediately became aware of this composer. They were colorful stories, cleverly instrumented and told. That we are allowed to premiere his new piece with CAMERATA BERN and the fabulous Reto Bieri is a great gift, that I am looking forward to next season.”

overview of the concert on September 26:
26 September 2020, Dampfzentrale Bern
Composer in Residence

Musicians of CAMERATA BERN
Alder: Kompositionen und Bearbeitungen von traditionellen Volksmusikstücken
Hefti: Guggisberg-Variationen – Streichquartett Nr. 2
Lully: Tänze azs Le Bourgeois gentilhomme
Kodály: Marosszéker Tänze arr. Sándor Veress
Bartók: Mückentanz arr. Noldi Adler


From November 13, 2020 Mojca Erdmann can be heard on CD (NEOS) in the title role of Hefti’s second music theater “The Snow Queen”. She says: “ For all its complexity, David Philip Hefti’s “Snow Queen” is a sensual music that touches directly. The title part was composed to fit my body so that I can unfold practically all facets of my voice, not to mention the enormous ambience. I enjoyed singing this lyrical part very much and I hope for many more performances!

The world premiere took place in November 2018 with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich under the baton of the composer himself, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich. In addition to Erdmann as Snow Queen, the actress Delia Mayer, known from the television series Tatort (Switzerland), as narrator/Gerda and the actor Max Simonischek as Kay are involved as soloists.

NEOS will also release the chamber music CD “light & shade” in spring 2021 with string quartets (partly with soloists), such as “Danse interstellaire” for bassett clarinet and string quartet or the 5th string quartet “Concubia nocte” by Hefti, recorded with the Amaryllis Quartet.

Further exciting works will be completed in the coming season. Like his latest work “Four Moments” for flute and string orchestra, which was written for the flautist Philipp Jundt. read more less

Japan premiere of Hefti’s Changements in Tokyo

David Philip Heftis Changements celebrates its premiere in Japan on February 28th. Under the baton of conductor Cornelius Meister, who is closely associated with the composer, the atmospheric images for orchestra will be heard at Suntory Hall in Tokyo from the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. The last time Cornelius Meister conducted the work was 2017 in Munich with the Bavarian State Orchestra.

Overview of the concert:
Februrary 28, 19.00 in Tokyo Suntory Hall

Hefti: Changements (Japan premiere)
Berg: Violin Concerto "To the memory of an angel"
Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 in C minor, WAB. 102
Violin: Christian Tetzlaff

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CALENDAR

"Music of Our Time"
David Philip Hefti interviewed by Florian Hauser

David Philip Hefti: The Snow Queen – a story in music for soprano, 2 speakers and orchestra

Mojca Erdmann, soprano / Delia Mayer, speaker / Max Simonischek, speaker / Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich / David Philip Hefti, conductor

NEW PUBLICATIONS

Media nox (2019) +

music for the third nocturnal vigil for flute and orchestra

Concubia nocte (2018) +

music for the second nocturnal vigil
(String quartet No. 5)

An durchsichtigen Fäden (2018) +

for mezzo soprano and string quartet
to a poem by Kurt Aebli

The Snow Queen (2018) +

a story in music for soprano, 2 speakers and orchestra