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«Rhapsody» live online at Deutschlandfunk Kultur (February 2023)

Harmonie Heilbronn, Theodor-Heuss-Saal
Recording from 22.09.2022

David Philip Hefti
«Rhapsody» for baritone and orchestra on a text by Sir Salman Rushdie

Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Benjamin Appl, Bariton
Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn
Conductor: Case Scaglione

February 06, 2023 | Permalink

World premiere «Rhapsody» for baritone and orchestra (September 2022)

To mark the 75th birthday of the writer Salman Rushdie, the composer and conductor David Philip Hefti was commissioned by the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn to compose a new work in April 2020. On 21 September 2022, Hefti's «Rhapsody» for baritone and orchestra will be premiered with the Württembergisches Kammerorchester conducted by Case Scaglione and featuring baritone Benjamin Appl.

Once Hefti was in contact with Rushdie, it began "an inspiring correspondence that resulted in a completely new text composition of passages from Rushdie's novel «The ground beneath her feet». My composition freely follows the rhapsodic text and, despite the orchestration, is orchestrated in a chamber music style, which allows the wonderful ambitus of Benjamin Appl's singing voice of almost three octaves to come into its own."

Indian-British writer Salman Rushdie is considered one of the most important authors of contemporary British literature and has been persecuted since the late 1980s due to the subject matter of his novel «The Satanic Verses».

Further information on the premiere on 21 September 2022 in the Heilbronn Harmonie at
https://www.wko-heilbronn.de and about the work at

September 15, 2022 | Permalink

Opus Klassik: Five-time nomination for David Philip Hefti (June 2022)

Composer and conductor Philip Hefti has been nominated for the OPUS Klassik for his new CD “Light and Shade” (NEOS 2021) in five categories: Composer of the Year (05), Ensemble/Orchestra of the Year (08), Chamber Music Recording (12), World Premiere Recording (17) and New Classical Music (24).

More information can be found here:

September 13, 2022 | Permalink

David Philip Hefti’s String Quartet „con fuoco“ – played by the Amaryllis Quartett (März 2022)

In May 2021 the Amaryllis Quartet played David Philip Hefti’s String Quartet No. 4 “con fuoco” at the Putbus Festival in the Putbus Theater. More information about the work can be found here: hefti.net/de/werke/
Gustav Frielinghaus – violin, Lena Sandoz – violin, Mareike Hefti – viola, Yves Sandoz – cello

September 11, 2022 | Permalink

David Philip Hefti (January 2022)

n April 2022 David Philip Hefti’s Fünf Szenen für Gustav – String Quartet No. 6 and his arrangement of the Rückert Lieder by Gustav Mahler (soprano: Juliane Banse) will be heard with the Amaryllis Quartet in Bremen, Lübeck and Hamburg. In the Kölner Philharmonie, Neues Werk for viola and string orchestra, a composition commissioned by Camerata Zürich and Kölner Philharmonie, will be premiered with Lawrence Power.

In 2021, Patricia Kopatchinskaja invited composer David Philip Hefti to be CAMERATA BERN’s Composer-in-Residence and conducted as well as performed the world premiere of his work Sechs Klanginseln – for violin, clarinet and string orchestra in Bern. The concert program combines Hefti’s music with works by Schubert, Bartok and Schönberg, among others.

September 10, 2022 | Permalink