Armin Schram, 1929 – 2015

My uncle, Armin Schram, was born in 1929 in Prague at a time when Germans and Jews were still united in language and shared a common home. The insanity of the events in the following years caused deep wounds in our family, and therefore in him. I can still feel the impact of these wounds in our lives today.
Armin met his fate. Only 24 years old he made his doctorate in chemistry in Vienna and was part of the reconstruction. His work changed people, corporations, politics and finally science. He became one of the most successful managers in Germany and always stayed, especially in his heart, a straight, honest person in search of the truth in humanity.
He also was a passionate sailor and hunter and appreciated the company of people who shared his passion. You would always feel how close he was to the water or the forest – in nature. Whenever sailors or hunters speak of him, you can hear their recognition and the respect they feel for him.
All of this made him my role model. Standing next to him I felt that one day I would be like him and I liked that idea. I was, and am, proud of my uncle. Now I am the last to carry his name.
Together with my mother we now have to say goodbye now from this earthly mantle and carry him in our hearts.
‘What dazzles, for the moment spends its spirit: what is genuine, shall posterity inherit.’ (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Video Release ‘MeTube’

„Carmen“ by George Bizet

What is the fastest growing medium in classical music?
As with other genres, videos now play a main role in classical music. Most concert goers will search the net for videos of the performer they are about to see and get an idea of what they can expect.
The results they find, for the most part, are live recordings of varying quality. The true possibilities of the video as a medium in telling a story in manifold and powerful ways are barely even recognized or utilized.
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Platée at the Neukölln Opera, Berlin

In a society drifting apart, it is not hard to imagine that the gods have become self centered, conniving, and use their powers to satisfy their own longings rather than feeling obliged to serve the whole and make the world a better place.

You could meet them as people in bars or trendy clubs, intoxicated, and in the middle of sexual excesses in the back rooms of modern luxury hiding places.

And you can meet them in a new production of ‘Platée’, by Jean-Philippe Rameau, at the Neukölln in Berlin. Continue reading

Der Durchzug durchs Rote Meer

Zurich’s First Showing of “Der Durchzug durchs Rote Meer”
by Johann Nepomuk Hummer

Neumünsterkirche Zürich/Schweiz

Johann Nepomuk Hummel. You might only barely be aware of this musician and composer, perhaps because he is not counted as part of the ‘First Viennese School’ despite the fact that he worked during this period, was supported by Mozart and Salieri, and was the successor of Haydn at the Esterházy court. Undeservingly, his clerical works never circulate in concert halls and churches as often as the masses of Mozart or the oratorios of Haydn. Walter Riethmann, of the Cantus Zürich, has adopted a recent ‘excavation’: the only Hummel oratorio, entitled ‘Durchzug durchs Rote Meer’ (The Passage Through the Red Sea), which was written between 1800 and 1810. This piece was never performed during Hummel’s lifetime and lay undiscovered for 100 years, hidden away in the British Library in London until Hermmann Max discovered it in 2007, and later performed it with the Rheinische Kantorei.

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