Available languages: EnglishConductor Marc Albrecht has specialized in the late German and Austrian Romanticism of Wagner, Richard Strauss, and Alexander Zemlinsky, but he has an extensive repertory in both opera and orchestral music. Albrecht was born in Hannover, West Germany, in 1964. His father was George Alexander Albrecht, music director of the Niedersächsisches Staatstheater Hannover, and his mother, Corinne, was a former ballet dancer. Albrecht's father gave him his first lessons; other important mentors were Claudio Abbado, whom he served as an assistant at the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, and the unrelated Gerd Albrecht, with whom he worked at the Hamburg Staatsoper. Marc Albrecht's first major post was as the music director of the Staatstheater Darmstadt, from 1995 to 2001. He also served early in his career as the guest conductor of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In 2005, Albrecht became the chief conductor and artistic director of the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra in France, remaining there until 2011. He made his first appearance at the Dutch National Opera in 2008, conducting Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten, and the following year, he was named the conductor of that company, as well as of the Netherlands Philharmonic and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. He remained in these posts until the 2019-2020 season when he announced his intention to resign from all three. Albrecht had already begun to make frequent guest appearances around Europe and increasingly in the U.S. by that time, and on his calendar for the 2019-2020 season were guest conducting slots in London (at the BBC Proms), Weimar, and Seattle. Albrecht's recording career began in 2008 with an album of Strauss tone poems with the Strasbourg Philharmonic on the PentaTone label. He has made several operatic recordings for Challenge Classics, including one of a contemporary work, Manfred Trojahn's Orest, in 2014. In 2020, he released a recording of Zemlinsky's rarely heard tone poem Die Seejungfrau with the Netherlands Philharmonic on PentaTone.
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At the helm of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Strasbourg from 2004 to 2011, German conductor Marc Albrecht has chosen three French compositions inspired by literature. As a prelude, and nod towards the conductor’s roots, is Goethe and his famous popular poème Der Zauberlehrling (“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”) which through the music of Dukas and the Walt Disney film was popularised among thousands of children. Evoking a similar degree of childhood nostalgia, is Ravel’s musical adaption of Charles Perrault’s Les Contes de ma mère l’Oye (The Tales of Mother Goose), which enables him to exhibit all his orchestral magic and love for lost worlds. But the attraction of this offering lies mainly in the immense symphonic epic that is The Jungle Book, after the novel by Rudyard Kipling: the great Alsatian composer Charles Koechlin is a real mystery in musical history as his strength and originality remains completely underrated as he easily ranks among the greats. © François Hudry/Qobuz