Increasing interest for the music of Amanda Maier
In recent years, the interest in the music of Amanda Maier (1853-1894), the first wife of Julius Röntgen, is on the rise. During her short life she produced a small oeuvre of high quality. It consists of more than 25 compositions, some of them have been lost. After her marriage in 1880, her musical career came to an end, and her works were never performed again.
Amanda Maier’s violin concerto hits the stage after 135 years
The violin concerto of Amanda Maier was performed for the first time on December 10, 1875 in Halle (Germany) and on February 8, in Leipzig with the Gewandhaus Orchester conducted by Engelbert Röntgen. Thanks to the enthusiasm of Swedish cello-player Klas Gagge (Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra) the concert has been published again by the Levande Musikarv/Swedish Musical Heritage. This resulted in two performances in the 2014-2015 season, 135 years after it had been played for the first time in Helsinki (1879). One performance was by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo with Claudia Bonfigliolo, violin, on May 27, 2015.
CD-project with the complete works of Amanda Maier
In 2015, the Swedish label dB Productions, directed by Erik Nilsson, started a project with the aim of producing all published and non-published compositions on CD. Until now, the following CD’s have been released:
- Amanda Maier Volume 1 (Maier-violin concerto and piano quartet and Röntgen / Maier-Schwedische Weisen und Tänze for violin and piano)
- Amanda Maier Volume 2 (violin sonata, 9 Stücke for violin and piano, 4 songs on texts by Wirsén)
- Amanda & Julius (Maier-Preludes for piano solo and Röntgen / Maier-Zwiegespräche for piano solo)