Konstantia Gourzi on working with Claudio Abbado (6 min.)
“It is an honour and a pleasure to rehearse something for Claudio Abbado,” says the Greek composer and conductor Konstantia Gourzi in this concert introduction. For the performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, the musician prepared the choral passages with the ladies of the choir of Bayerischer Rundfunk. In this video, Konstantia Gourzi talks about Mendelssohn’s music, the dramatic function of the choir and the specific challenges of the English language version used in this concert. The introduction also includes excerpts from the rehearsals.