Swiss oboist/composer/conductor extraordinaire Heinz Holliger will be in New York City for two concerts on April 21st and 22nd, honoring both his 70th birthday and the recent 100th birthday of Elliott Carter .
The concerts are at the 92nd Street Y.
Wednesday’s show features a “preconcert” concert at 6:30 with several recent shorter works by Carter.
To celebrate Holliger’s 70th (which occurs May 21st), ECM will release Romancendres on May 19th. Two important Holliger pieces, both of them inspired by Robert Schumann, are combined with a chamber work by Clara Schumann. They all intersect in the year 1853, when 20-year-old Johannes Brahms first visited the Schumann couple in Düsseldorf.
ECM just recently released Canto di Speranza, an album of three works by the German post-war composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann, conducted by Holliger.