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World Premiere of Matthias Pintscher's Shirim with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

Mar. 30, 2017

World Premiere of Matthias Pintscher's <em>Shirim</em> with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

Following the successful debut of his second cello concerto, un despertar, last month with Alisa Weilerstein and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Matthias Pintscher sees the world premiere of his new work for baritone and orchestra, Shirim, on April 8. Christophe Eschenbach leads baritone Bo Skovhus and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester in the premiere at Hamburg’s exquisite new Elbphilharmonie concert hall.

For Shirim, Pintscher returns to "The Song of Solomon," or “Shir Hashirim," which he has used as the basis for several compositions, this time focusing on texts from the first two chapters. What draws Pintscher to the text is its intense concentration of expression. "The words are islands of expression," he writes, "they circle around within themselves and are so rich in content that each word radiates towards the next."

Watch an excerpt of Pintscher’s songs from Solomon’s garden, his 2010 work for baritone and chamber orchestra:

Matthias Pintscher serves as the Elbphilharmonie's inaugural Composer-in-Residence throughout its first season. Subsequent performances of Shirim take place April 7 and 9. 

For more information on Matthis Pintscher, visit

Matthias Pintscher
Shirim (2017)
for baritone and orchestra

un despertar (2017)
for cello and orchestra

songs from Solomon’s garden (2009)
for baritone and chamber orchestra