Conductor Georg Alexander Albrecht has died aged 86

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“We mourn our former music director and chief director Georges Alexandre Albrecht, which, from 1996 to 2002, considerably shaped the artistic profile of our musical theater ”, Deutschen Nationaltheaters Weimar and Staatskapelle Weimar (DNT) said in a statement.

Albrecht was born in 1935 near Bremen, Germany, and is remembered for his close connection to audiences and his love for storytelling. Albrecht was honorary chef of the Staatskapelle Weimar since 2002.

At 29, Albrecht was Germany’s youngest general music director after being appointed by the Hanover Opera House in 1965. He remained with the company for 28 years before leaving it in 1993 to devote himself to conducting.

Albrecht was also a composer and had already written over 100 works by the age of 22. In 2015 he wrote the opera “Die Schneekönigin. “Then, his first symphony, “Sinfonia di due Mondi “ for mezzo-soprano and large orchestra – from texts by Ulla hahn created in 2019 under the direction of his son Marc Albrecht.

“The basis of my work is my love for the human voice,” George Albrecht said of the composition. “Vocalism is the ideal of my instrumental compositions, which I particularly complete in the orchestral sound. “

His vast repertoire included “legendary” performances by Mahler and symphonies by Wilhelm furtwängler.

“As an honorary conductor, composer, attentive observer and friend, [Albrecht] continued to stay close to us after [his tenure] and gave us, among other things, the magical fairy tale opera Die Schneekönigin“, wrote DNT.” Our hearts go out to his loved ones! “

In 1985 Albrecht received the Vienna Prize Gold Medal Gustav Mahler of the International Mahler Society. In 1998 he received the Federal Cross of Merit of Germany and in 2001 the Wilhelm Furtwängler Prize of the Baden-Baden Music Festival.

He also received the Conductors Award 2005 in the opera category of the Australian Critic’s Green Room Award for the new production by Richard Wagner The Flying Dutchman at Opera Australia.

“With sadness, great admiration and appreciation, we remember George Alexander Albrecht. [He] was a fantastic musician, an internationally recognized conductor and a wonderful composer ”, the Gropius Quartet posted on Facebook.

“His sincere string quartet”Von Angst und Trauer erlöst durch die Liebe‘, written for us, reflects his warmth and empathy as a human being, ”they continued. “We are very honored to have known [him] and we are grateful for the time we have shared.

According to DNT, George Albrecht spent the last months of his life with his wife Liese Klahn, and his children.

Our condolences to the family, friends, students and colleagues of Mr. Albrecht.

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