December 17, 2020 - 17:00 (CET)

Alles Gute Ludwig! - Beethoven 250 Celebration

Alexander Krichel, piano
Monika Reinhard, soprano
Michael Jeske, narrator
GMD Philippe Bach, conductor
Meininger Hofkapelle

Donations welcome - this concert is available for on demand broadcast through January 31, 2021

December 17 – Alles Gute Ludwig! Beethoven 2020 Celebration

Alles Gute Ludwig! – Beethoven 2020

A concert featuring the Meininger Hofkapelle lead by General Music director Philippe Bach broadcast from the main stage of the Meininger Staatstheatre. Celebrate Beethoven’s 250, exclusively on on December 17, 2020:  Alles Gute, Ludwig. Alexander Krichel plays Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, and the orchestra is joined by soprano Monika Reinhard and narrator Michael Jeske, who reads a text by Giuliano Musio to Beethoven’s music from Egmont. They also perform the German premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s Absence.


LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto in E-flat Major No. 5, Op.73 
Absence (German Premiere)
Egmont, Op. 84

Incidental Music with an updated German-language text from Giuliano Musio 


Born in Hamburg in 1989, German pianist Alexander Krichel has established himself as one of the most promising and thoughtful young pianists. A recording artist for Sony Classical, his first recital disc has won the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ ECHO Klassik award in 2013. In February 2019, his fifth album “An die ferne Geliebte” (‘To the distant beloved’) was released on Sony Classical and directly climbed the top 5 German classical bestseller charts. It contains works of Beethoven, Schumann, Kreisler and Wagner.

Krichel has already played his débuts with orchestras allover the world and made appearance. Also, he is frequently invited to tour Japan, China, Mexico, South Africa and the United States of America. In early spring 2019, Krichel played a 30 concert tour which led him through Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

From 2012 to 2015, Krichel was part of the stART programme for young artists at Bayer Kultur. He is also a scholarship holder of the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation, the Berenberg Bank Foundation, PE Förderungen and the Otto Group.

Away from the piano, Krichel has a passion for mathematics, science and foreign languages. He also promotes projects that encourage children’s and teenagers‘ approach towards classical music.


The German coloratura soprano Monika Reinhard graduated from the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz (HfMT) in Cologne. She then joined the Stadttheater Lübeck as a member of the International Opera Elite Studio, earning a master’s degree at the Musikhochschule Lübeck in 2012. Afterwards, Monika Reinhard became part of the Staatstheater Nürnberg’s International Opera Studio, before she was employed in the ensemble of the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater for the 2013/14 season.  Additionally she has sung with the Ekhof Festival Gotha, the Handel Festival Halle and at the theatres in Lübeck, Münster, Regensburg and Nürnberg. For the 2014/15 season, she joined the ensemble of the Meininger Staatstheater.

She also remains active singing concerts on international stages. Her concert repertoire includes the Bach and Handel oratorios, as well as Lieder by Strauss, Wolf, or Schubert. She is equally at home singing New Music.

Her first CD recording, Pasquale Anfossi’s LA FINTA GIARDINIERA, was published by Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (Sony Music). In this production, conducted by Werner Erhardt, she sang the role of Serpetta.


Born in Schwerin (Germany) Michael Jeske is engaged at Meininger Staatstheater since 1985 where he played more than 130 roles in both drama and musical productions. He appeard as Harry Frommermann in COMEDIAN HARMONISTS, embodied Prof Henry Higgins in MY FAIR LADY, Astrow in Cechov´s ONCLE WANJA or Céante in TATRUFFE and Robert in Harold Pinter´s BETRAYAL, to mention only a few roles from the last years. Others were Inspector Javert in LES MISÉRABLES and Othello under the famous German director Frido Solter. With shows and singing he tours throughout the region.

Playing Bassa Selim in Mozart´s ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL he also showed up on the operastage in 2019.


Philippe Bach studied French horn at the Musikhochschule Bern and the Conservatoire de Genève, as well as orchestral conducting at the Musikhochschule Zürich with Johannes Schlaefli, where he finished his studies with distinction. In 2005 he was the recipient of a fellowship from the prestigious American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival. From 2004 – 2006 he was Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. From 2006-2008, after winning the Jesús López-Cobos Conducting Competition, Philippe Bach was assistant to López-Cobos at the Teatro Real in Madrid, conducting both symphonic and operatic repertoire. In 2008 he made his Debut at Hamburger Staatsoper. From 2008-2011 he held the post of Stellvertretender Generalmusikdirektor at the Theater Lübeck. Since 2010 Philippe Bach is Generalmusikdirektor at Meininger Staatstheater, Chief Conductor of the Berner Kammerorchester since 2012, and Chief Conductor the Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden in Chur, Switzerland, from January 2016. A regular guest with Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Philippe Bach has conducted many European Orchestras, including the Tonhalle Orchester, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, Hallé Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Helsinki Philharmonic, Basel Sinfonietta and Basel Chamber Orchestra.


Founded in the 17th century, the orchestra has been led by some of the most important musicians in history. This group, the so-called “Meininger Bachs” have been drawn to an orchestra of renown and a welcoming city and audience. The high caliber of the orchestra and the renown virtuosity of its players, later inspired Richard Wagner to create his festival orchestra in Bayreuth, with musicians from Meiningen.

Hans von Bülow brought international flair to the south of Thüringen. As a demon of work he rehearsed with the musicians and made them one of the leading orchestras. Johannes Brahms became centre of interest and his 4th Symphony was premiered in Meiningen.

In 1885 Bülow left and his 21 year old assistant, composer/conductor Richard Strauss took over as general music director of the orchestra. His tenure was followed by that of Fritz Steinbach, whose crowning achievement was a revival of the music of Bach. In 1911, Max Reger is quoted as saying: „There is only one orchestra I want to lead: Meiningen.

In 1914 and during the First World War the orchestra work had to stop, and following the war, the former court orchestra was owned by the state of Thüringia.

In 2001 Meiningen attracted interest by performing Wagner’s Der Ring des Niebelungen under the baton of Kirill Petrenko. The new theatre director, Christine Mielitz, staged the work in a setting by famous artist Alfed Hricka. The project, “Venture Wagner“ turned was met with critical acclaim with both press and public.

On occasion of it´s 175th anniversary the orchestra, renamed itself the “Meininger Hofkapelle“, in respect the long history and tradition to which the players and administration has devoted themselves.

Since 2010 Philippe Bach is General Music Director of the ensemble. Celebrating it´s 325th anniversary in 2015/16 the orchestra staged Strauss’s CAPRICCIO for the first time in Meiningen and performed POWDER HER FACE by Thomas Adès, paying tribute to the orchestra´s philosophy of connecting tradition and contemporary music.

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