fast forward classical beim Heidelberger Frühling

A review of some wonderful first days of spring

This year, four artists from fast forward classical were represented at Heidelberger Frühling.

The Aurora Orchestra played the German premiere of "for mira" by composer Héloïse Werner and held the audience spellbound with Beethoven's 5th Symphony played from memory. In the first half of the concert, the orchestra accompanied the unique interpretation of Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto by Jan Lisiecki.

Rakhi Singh, musical director of the Manchester Collective, performed on three occasions within 24 hours: Friday evening, the ensemble together with Abel Selaocoe carried away the Heidelberg audience with their programme "Sirocco". On Saturday morning, Rakhi enchanted the audience in the auditorium of the Alte Univeristät with a solo performance combining pieces by Bach with works by contemporary composers as well as an Indian shrutibox. Manchester Collective brought their stay to a close on Saturday afternoon at Dezernat 16 with their programme "Black Angels", based on the complex work of the same name by George Crumb.

The four very different concerts had one thing in common: they were all met with enthusiasm and standing ovations from the audience every time.