Jonathan Nott

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Chief Conductor:Bamberger Symphoniker
Music Director: Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
Principal Conductor & Artistic Adviser : Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

“Together, I think they’ve created one of the most exciting partnerships in orchestra music of the last 9 years.”   
Tom Service   The Guardian

Jonathan Nott has been Principal Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra since 2000, lifting the Orchestra to a prominence acknowledged by their winning of the Midem Award for the best symphonic recording (of Mahler 9) of 2010.

Jonathan frequently guest conducts the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics and the Royal Concertgebouw, Tonhalle and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestras.   In January 2011, he returned to work with the Vienna Philharmonic, conducting a highly-acclaimed concert at the Salzburg Festival with Maurizio Pollini as soloist

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Schedule

Heinrich-Lades-Halle, Erlangen

Ligeti - "Apparitions" für Orchester    
Mozart - Konzert für Flöte und Orchester Nr. 1 G-Dur KV 313   
- Interval -
Stravinsky - Le Sacre du Printemps

Bamberger Symphoniker / Jonathan Nott
Daniela Koch, Flute

Philharmonie, Cologne

Honegger - Pacific 231, Mouvement symphonique Nr. 1    
Ligeti - "Apparitions" für Orchester    
Ligeti - "Clocks and Clouds" für 12-stimmigen Frauenchor und Orchester    
Ligeti - "Lux aeterna" für 16-stimmigen gemischten Chor capella    
Stravinsky - Le Sacre du Printemps

Bamberger Symphoniker / Jonathan Nott
SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart

Konzerthaus, Vienna

Mozart - Konzert für Klarinette und Orchester A-Dur KV 622    
Bruckner - Symphonie Nr. 7 E-Dur

Bamberger Symphoniker / Jonathan Nott
Martin Fröst, Clarinet

Smetana Hall, Prague

Richard Strauss - Verführung, aus den Vier Gesängen op. 33    
Richard Strauss - An die Nacht, aus den Sechs Liedern op. 68    
Richard Strauss - Frühlingsfeier, aus den Sechs Liedern op. 56    
Richard Strauss - Vier Lieder op. 27    
Mahler - Symphonie Nr. 1 D-Dur ("Titan")

Bamberger Symphoniker / Jonathan Nott
Violeta Urmana, Soprano

Wurzburg, Wurzburg

Mozart - Konzert für Klarinette und Orchester A-Dur KV 622    
Bruckner - Symphonie Nr. 7 E-Dur

Bamberger Symphoniker / Jonathan Nott
Martin Fröst, Clarinet

Salle Pleyel, Paris

Richard Strauss - Don Juan, Tondichtung nach Nikolaus Lenau op. 20    
Richard Strauss - Verführung, aus den Vier Gesängen op. 33    
Richard Strauss - An die Nacht, aus den Sechs Liedern op. 68    
Richard Strauss - Frühlingsfeier, aus den Sechs Liedern op. 56    
Richard Strauss - Vier Lieder op. 27    
Mahler - Symphonie Nr. 1 D-Dur ("Titan")

Bamberger Symphoniker / Jonathan Nott
Violeta Urmana, Soprano

Festspielhaus, Baden-Baden

Wagner - Vorspiel zur Romantischen Oper "Lohengrin"     
Richard Strauss - Verführung, aus den Vier Gesängen op. 33    
Richard Strauss - An die Nacht, aus den Sechs Liedern op. 68    
Richard Strauss - Frühlingsfeier, aus den Sechs Liedern op. 56    
Richard Strauss - Vier Lieder op. 27    
Mahler - Symphonie Nr. 1 D-Dur ("Titan")

Bamberger Symphoniker / Jonathan Nott
Violeta Urmana, Soprano

Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Tokyo

Bach/Webern - Ricercar – Musikalisches Opfer BWV1079 
Fujikura - Mina-Concerto for 5 soloists and Orchestra
Haydn - Symphony No. 44 “Trauer” 
Brahms - Symphony No.4

Tokyo Symphony Orchestra / Jonathan Nott

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The Latest Mahler 3 Recording

Mahler - Symphony No.3 Recording
Bamberger Symphoniker / Jonathan Nott


In October, Jonathan Nott will celebrate his 500th concert with the Bamberger Symphoniker. Fittingly, he’ll mark the milestone with a performance of Schubert and Mahler. Over the course of their partnership, Bamberg and Nott have developed into a formidable Mahler team, growing in insight with each performance and recording that is released. After a superb 9th last year, Tudor has released a wonderfully cerebral performance of the 3rd. It is a remarkable achievement to instil further unpredictability in this already wide-ranging score; it gives the impression of performing and hearing it totally afresh.

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Guardian Interview

Jonathan Nott: conducting the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
The British conductor Jonathan Nott brings the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra to Edinburgh. He talks about working in Europe, and his other passion, his Lamborghini.


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Press

Richard Strauss

Elektra

Orchestra del Teatro Petruzelli, Teatro Petruzelli, Bari

Il direttore Jonathan Nott è riuscito a far amalgamare un complesso doppio rispetto all'orchestra stabile del teatro Petruzzelli. Dinko Fabris, La Repubblica
Nella interpretazione di Jonathan Nott, che guidava con ammirevole sicurezza la giovane ed efficiente orchestra del Petruzzelli, si sottolinea l'inesorabile continuità di una urgenza che non concede pause o rallentamenti: la incessante tensione è perseguita con incalzante rapidità, senza lasciare alcuno spazio a indugi. Paolo Petazzi, L'Unita

Mahler

Symphony No.6

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

***** One of the most bracing, revelatory Mahler Sixths on disc.
David Nice, BBC Music Magazine

Mahler

Symphony No.8

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra

Lucky Bamberg. This city, with a population of just 70,000, is home to an orchestra of the highest standing, as the Symphoniker’s visit to the 2013 Proms testified. This reading of the Eighth makes a perfect climax to its Mahler cycle under its Solihull-born conductor, who is surely one of the most underestimated musicians on the planet. The opening movement, that unquestioned affirmation of faith in redemption, is frantically ecstatic and unstoppable in its impetus, while the second (and last) movement’s setting of the final scene of the second part of Goethe’s Faust is beautifully paced. Stephen Pettitt, The Sunday Times

Wagner

Ring Cycle: 2013

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Festival

Vor allem aber ist es der "Ring" des Jonathan Nott: Sein Dirigat zeugt von überlegener, reifer Sicht auf die Gesamtstrukturen und erinnert da mitunter an Pierre Boulez. Doch Nott wirkt weniger nüchtern, zugetan allem Sinnlichen und oft so romantisch-schwelgerisch, wie es Georg Solti bei seiner immer noch solitären "Ring"-Einspielung war. Siegfrieds Trauermarsch – ein sinfonisches Ereignis. Nott ist auch bei den Sängern, er führt sie, umsorgt sie wie ein Vater. Alexander Dick, Badische Zeitung
Jonathan Nott hat das alles souverän in der Hand; einfühlsam lässt er den Sängern ihre Zeit, mit allem Sinn für dramatische Verläufe nuanciert er die Tempi. Spannend war das von A bis Z. Bei Jonathan Nott stellt sich die Frage nicht. Der frühere Luzerner Generalmusikdirektor und ausgewiesene Kenner der musikalischen Gegenwart genießt seine Rückkehr an die zentrale Schaltstelle der Oper sichtlich, ein Dirigent, der auch gen Ende eines nicht kurzen "Walküre"-Abends so frisch wirkt, dass ihm noch der kleinste Einsatz wichtig ist. Und der die fehlende Szene durch ein Maximum an orchestraler Farbigkeit und Präsenz zu kompensieren sucht. Im Unterschied zu Kirill Petrenkos aktueller Bayreuther Lesart besticht dieser konzertante "Ring" zur Halbzeit nicht durch kammermusikalische Dezenz und Balance, sondern gerade durch plastischen Naturalismus, in dem das Orchester eine ganz kecke Rolle einnimmt. Besonders spürbar am "Rheingold"-Abend: Wagners Satyrspiel verwandelt Nott vollends in ein drastisches Konversationsstück voller Musik, die Rigorosität der Instrumentation überbetonend.
Peter Hagmann, Neue Zurcher Zeitung

BBC PROMS 2013: 15 July 2013

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall, London

**** Nott's approach to Mahler is free of obvious mannerisms. It's straightforward and unobtrusively detailed, with all the dynamic and textural contrasts, whether on the largest of smallest scale, sharply defined; Nott seemed to deliberately hold the opening funeral march in check so that the impact of the second movement was all the greater. Andrew Clements, The Guardian
**** The orchestra delivered a stunning performance of Mahler's Symphony No.5, layering the work's brighter and darker elements to perfection. Following a blazing trumpet solo, the first movement got the balance between the two exactly right, the sound coming across as both sweeping and stark in nature. The violins were particularly appealing as they combined a reserved, almost timid, approach with a pleasing tone that saw lines played out with crystal clarity. The second movement started in suitably churning fashion, but the central slower episodes were beautiful and haunting by turn, while in the chorale in D major the brass proved especially strong...a thunderous conclusion capped a performance that at every turn carried an appropriate sense of both the monumental and uplifting. Sam Smith, Music OMH
**** Nott led a performance of rare delicacy. Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph
*** The British maestro Jonathan Nott and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra from Bavaria are a seasoned combo, and their Mahler was well-prepared and neatly executed (good wind principals and a star first horn.) Richard Morrison, The Times

Concert: 22 May 2012

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Avery Fisher Hall, New York

He is a thoughtful interpreter, with fresh ideas and a fluid yet focused technique, and as he demonstrated in concerts with his Bamberg ensemble he can confound expectations, even in programs that rest heavily on the commonplace. Mr Nott opened the Sunday program with Webern's Five Pieces for Orchestra (1913), a set of idea-packed vignettes etched in delicate strokes and rapidly changing colours. The reading unfolded with startling efficiency, moving briskly through a cycle of aural imagery, from warm-hued suppleness to mechanistic precision, mysteriousness and sparkling fragility. Allan Kozinn, The New York Times

Concert: 2 March 2012

Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Jean-Pierre Aimard (Piano), Chicago Symphony Center, Chicago

If there is a silver lining to Pierre Boulez's bowing out of his concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, it is for the chance to give audiences to hear the CSO debuts of rising conductors of the younger generation - the British conductor Jonathan Nott. Nott took over Boulez's Schoenberg-Mahler program Thursday night at Symphony Center and served notice of an accomplished podium talent deserving of wider recognition...The sensitivity with which he brought out the rich-hued yet subtle scoring and autumnal melancholy of Mahler's 'Das Lied von der Erde' marked him as no ordinary Mahler interpreter. Nott proved that clarity and refinement of execution need not preclude warmth and directness of feeling in this valedictory song-symphony...He had one of the world's great Mahler orchestras responding as one player...Nott revealed things in Schoenberg's orchestral palette nobody this side of Boulez has conveyed so well. He deserves to be invited back, next time through the front door. John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune
This week a trusted younger colleague of Boulez, British Jonathan Nott, agreed to take up the heavy-duty combination of Schoenberg's 1942 Piano Concerto and Mahler's 1907-8 posthumously performed and published 'Das Lied von der Erde.' His major gesture here should earn him his own programming and concert week. Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun Times

Mahler

Symphony No.6: 15 January 2012

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg

Jonathan Nott, the British conductor who arrived as chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in 2000 has effected a quiet musical revolution. Resisting glamorous guest conducting offers he has consistently raised the Bamberg SO to ever greater international prominence. That he and his orchestra have been chosen to perform the Ring at the elite Lucerne festival in 2013, Wagner year, is proof of his success...Somehow Nott manages to hurl himself from waist, head, torso into the body of the orchestra, precise with every cue but inspiring a fiery response, with warm strings and ardent woodwind...His ongoing Mahler series, available as live recordings, has won high praise. Last weekend it was the turn of the Sixth Symphony (1906)... Squeezing every ounce of emotion from the score, Nott placed the disputed Andante after rather than before the coruscating Scherzo, making its tragic, major-key simplicity all the more affecting. The work's total impact was shattering: the queue for coats afterwards appeared peopled by ghosts. Proms and Edinburgh appearances aside, Nott remains too little known here...Someone in the UK must snap him up soon. Fiona Maddocks, The Observer

Concert: 2 December 2011

Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Opera House

Conductor Jonathan Nott and the orchestra's polished accompaniment was full of interest and activity...their lively tempos, alert rhythms, shapely phrasing and strong dynamic realized the symphony's [Schubert Symphony No.9] unique blend of elegance, joy, muscular strength and imposing majesty. Murray Black, The Australian
Nott continued to impress in the second half when he conducted Schubert's Great Ninth Symphony from memory - an impressive feat as it is about the same length as Mahler's fourth. This was an exciting and insightful performance with Nott keeping a tight control on pace and volume but still allowing the orchestra its head in the glorious singing lines. Steve Arther, MacArthur Chronicle

Ravel

3 September 2011

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra/Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano), Usher Hall Edinburgh

Jonathan Nott and his dedicated Bambergers delivered on Saturday a very special scrupulous examination of what made Ravel the composer he was. On their third visit to the Festival in recent years, these were players to arouse the greatest expectations. Although, for some people, what matters in Daphnis And Chloe is the closing scene, which forms the basis of a standard orchestral suite, the context of the rest of the work is essential if the music is to make its proper effect. This, and more, was what it was given. Nott is a master of musical structure who was clearly in his element. Conrad Wilson, Scottish Herald

Mahler

Symphony No.7: 28 May 2011

Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Essen Philharmonie

After this outstanding performance, the Bamberger Symphoniker and their fabulous conductor is probably the world's finest Mahler orchestra. But it gets better! Jonathan Nott creates exactly what you need for a deeply moving interpretation of Mahler...Rarely has Mahler been more modern and the Bamberger Symphoniker play him with true authenticity, something which is unique...I can only strongly urge all Mahler fans to experience the outstanding Bamberger Symphoniker and their fabulous conductor Jonathan Nott...A fantastically successful concert – Absolute Bravo – Bravi – Bravissimo! Peter Bilsing

Concert: January 2011

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Salzburg Mozartwoche

 Jonathan Nott, the current conductor in Bamberg was something quite extraordinary. He managed to convey ideas of historical performance practice with the late romantic sound of the Philharmonic in agreement. He did not imitate the original sound, but rendered the wonderful sound culture of the Philharmonic. Weitere Berichte, Salzburger Nachrichten

Concert: 20 November 2009

Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Severance Hall, Cleveland

Conductor Jonathan Nott, in his Cleveland debut, keeps the orchestra taut and alert, while the horns make uniquely cohesive contributions. In the “Science” music, Nott crafts a gripping crescendo, beginning with eerie stillness and culminating in a writhing contrapuntal peak. Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer

Recordings

Mahler

MAHLER Symphony No. 8
"Symphony of a Thousand"
Bamberger Symphoniker / Jonathan Nott
Tudor

Mahler

MAHLER Symphony No. 6
Bamberger Symphoniker / Jonathan Nott
Tudor

Mahler

MAHLER Symphony No. 7
Bamberger Symphoniker / Jonathan Nott
Tudor

Mahler

MAHLER Symphony No. 3
Bamberger Symphoniker / Jonathan Nott 
Tudor

Mahler

MAHLER Symphony No. 2
"Resurrection"
Bamberger Symphoniker / Jonathan Nott
Tudor

Mahler

MAHLER Symphony No. 9
Bamberger Symphoniker / Jonathan Nott
Tudor

Mahler

MAHLER Symphony No. 1
"Titan"
Bamberger Symphoniker / Jonathan Nott
Tudor

Rite of Spring

Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring
Stravinsky - Symphony in Three Movements
Bamberger Symphoniker / Jonathan Nott

Tudor