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Alexander Briger

Conductor

  • Conductor Alexander Briger does a fine job of both delineating and interlacing these varied textures, drawing out coherent, atmospheric playing.
    Sarah Noble, The Opera Critic
  • Alexander Briger directed a gauzy, shimmering account of this magical score.
    Deborah Jones, Opera Magazine
  • Alexander Briger was born in Australia and studied in Sydney and later in Munich, winning various awards, including first prize in the International Workshop/Competition for Conductors in the Czech Republic. He worked closely with Sir Charles Mackerras on many of his projects and with Pierre Boulez in Aix-en-Provence with the Ensemble InterContemporain.

    Orchestras he has conducted include the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields Northern Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta, Hanover Band, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony Swedish Radio, Orchestre du Capitole (Toulouse), Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester, Frankfurt Radio, Japanese Virtuoso Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, Sudwestrundfunk Sinfonieorchester, Stuttgart, Mozarteum Orchestra, Salzburg and Salzburg Camerata, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Gothenburg Symphony.

    Operas have included Jenufa, The Cunning Little Vixen, Madame Butterfly, Cosi fan tutte, Le Nozze di Figaro and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Opera Australia, The Cunning Little Vixen for the Aix Festival, The Rape of Lucretia for the Royal Opera (Linbury Studio), The Bartered Bride for the Stockholm Opera, Die Zauberflöte for Glyndebourne, Rigoletto and The Makropoulos Case for English National Opera, The Tales of Hoffmann in Copenhagen and From the House of the Dead for Canadian Opera.

    In August 2011, Alexander Briger formed the Australian World Orchestra in Sydney, bringing together Australia’s most successful classical musicians from around the world. The inaugural programme in August 2011 was in memory of Sir Charles Mackerras and consisted of four concerts.

    • I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky
      Theatre du Chatelet, Paris (June 2013)

      Quant à la partition, on l’a dit, si virtuoses que soient les huit instrumentistes admirablement dirigés par Alexander Briger, qui présidait déjà aux destinées de Nixon in China l’an dernier, elle laisse plus d’une fois l’auditeur sur sa faim.
      Laurent Bury, Opera Forum
      La production du Châtelet affiche de sérieux atouts : un ensemble instrumental impeccable que la direction tonique d’Alexander Briger fait sonner, cuivrée et groovy.
      Chantal Cazaux, Avant-Scène Opéra
      Si les attaques du pétillant chef d'orchestre Alexandre Briger sont franches, les fins des séquences sont souvent brouillonnes.
      Philippe Chevilley, Les Echos
      Résurrection éblouissante, sous la baguette d’Alexander Briger, mardi soir au Châtelet….un triomphe mérité.
      Eric Dahan, Liberation
      Déjà présent l’an passé dans Nixon en Chine, le chef d’orchestre Alexandre Briger, attentif à ne pas mettre plus encore ses chanteurs en difficulté, opte pour des tempi assez retenus sans jamais sacrifier à la rythmique si entraînante d’Adams. Un compositeur qui aura encore les honneurs d’une nouvelle mise en scène au Théâtre du Châtelet l’an prochain, avec son dernier opéra composé en 2006, A Flowering Tree.
      Florent Coudeyrat, Les Trois Coups
    • Nixon in China
      Theatre du Chatelet, Paris (April 2012)

      The Orchestra de Chambre de Paris, conducted by Alexander Briger, and the excellent Châtelet chorus keep a tight grip on every treacherously syncopated bar.
      Francis Carlin, Financial Times
      La réussite du spectacle doit également énormément à la formidable direction d’Alexander Briger à la tête d’un très bon Orchestre de Chambre de Paris...La direction du chef australien est extrêmement dynamique, faisant ressortir les arêtes de cette musique (bien plus complexe qu’il n’y paraît), les rythmes jazzy tout comme les références à la musique romantique quand il ne s’agit pas purement de citations (par exemple de la Symphonie Alpestre de Strauss).
      Pierre-Emmanuel Lephay, ForumOpera.com
      Musicalmente, la produzione è uno splendore. L'Orchestre de Chambre de Paris raffinatissima, sotto la bacchetta sicura ed intelligente di Alexander Briger, ha la meglio su una partitura piena di insidie techniche e ritmiche
      Alessandro di Profio, Il Giornale della Musica
      Excellente participation du Chœur du Châtelet et de l'Orchestre de chambre de Paris (nouveau nom de l'Ensemble orchestral), sous la direction d'Alexander Briger, qui mise toutefois plus sur les climats et couleurs que sur le mordant et la netteté.
      Christian Merlin, Le Figaro
    • Carmen, State Opera of South Australia
      Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (November 2011)

      Conductor Alexander Briger has done a mighty job with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
      Matt Byrne, Adelaide Now
      For this State Opera of South Australia performance of Carmen, Alexander Briger and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra made sparks fly right from the prelude.” Opera Magazine.
      Opera Magazine
      The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra were like greyhounds flying out of the gate as conductor Alexander Briger, led them into the opening of the overture at a cracking pace. The orchestra's playing is impeccable.
      Barry Lenny, Glam Adelaide
    • Alexander Briger brings together the Australian World Orchestra
      (September 2011)

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    • Recording: Walton Cello Concerto / Shostakovich 1st Cello Concerto [5 stars]
      (March 2011)

      Jamie Walton is a marvellous young cellist, and this new disc of Walton (no relation) and Shostakovitch is out of the top drawer. Walton's Cello Concerto, a bittersweet work from 1956 first performed by Gregor Platigorsky, requires a special type of player, one able to capture the magic without excess and an effortless technique. Jamie Walton is such a player, and right from his first entry - a beautifully taut, gutty moment - he carries us with him to the end. Alexander Briger, who has collaborated with him on earlier discs, conducts with superb understanding. The same applies to the Shostakovitch. Every cellist must compete with the memory of Rostropovitch in this work, but Walton is his own man in a performance I will return to often.
      The Dominion Post
    • Sir Charles Mackerras Memorial Concert, Royal Festival Hall
      (November 2010)

      I once interviewed Mackerras in Prague, where he was recording a Janácek opera. He said Janácek demanded rugged playing; Czech orchestras had it in their blood, non-Czech orchestras had to learn it. With Mackerras’s nephew Alexander Briger conducting, the Philharmonia showed that it has the knack. The Cunning Little Vixen suite (Mackerras’s own arrangement) had warmth and tensile strength, while the opera’s closing scene was sung (in English: Janácek and Mackerras would have liked that) with real authority by Thomas Allen. This was the music Mackerras wanted played at his funeral; it made a touching end to a heartfelt tribute.
      Evening Standard
    • Baz Luhrmann’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Opera Australia
      (February / March 2010)

      Among the beauties of Shakespeare's play is its deft evocation of three very different worlds within a single spot, and Britten's score manages a similar feat, assigning each world its own distinctive soundscape. Conductor Alexander Briger does a fine job of both delineating and interlacing these varied textures, drawing out coherent, atmospheric playing. At times the orchestra's placement behind the action upsets the balance, but it is nevertheless a welcome change to see them freed from their atrocious pit and on such resplendent display.
      The Opera Critic
      There were plenty of musical rewards to be savoured under the firm and helpful guiding hand of conductor Alexander Briger, who brought out a spellbinding musical quality to Britten's world of dark enchantment.
      North Shore Times
  • Alexander Briger’s Opera Repertoire

    BEETHOVEN
    • Fidelio
    BRITTEN
    • The Rape of Lucretia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Turn of the Screw, Peter Grimes, Albert Herring, Billy Budd
    DE FALLA
    • Master Peter’s Puppet Show
    HOLT
    • Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?
    JANACEK
    • The Cunning Little Vixen, Makropluos Case, From the House of the Dead, Jenufa, Katya Kabanova
    KHATCHATURIAN
    • Spartacus
    MOZART
    • Marriage of Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Magic Flute, Entfuehrung aus dem Serail, Don Giovanni
    NATHAN
    • Don John of Austria
    OFFENBACH
    • Tales of Hoffmann
    PUCCINI
    • La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Tosca
    RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
    • Tsar Sultan, Flight of the Bumblebee
    ROSSINI
    • The Barber of Seville
    SIBELIUS
    • Pelleas and Melisande
    SMETANA
    • The Bartered Bride
    SULLIVAN/MACKERRAS
    • Sullivan/Mackerras - Pineapple Poll Suite
    TCHAIKOVSKY
    • Pique Dame, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty
    VERDI
    • Rigoletto, Nabucco

    Alexander Briger’s Ballet Repertoire

    BARTOK
    • The Miraculous Mandarin
    • The Wooden Prince

    Alexander Briger’s Concert Repertoire

    ADAMS
    • The Dharma at Big Sur (Electric Violin Concerto)
    ADÉS
    • Chamber Symphony
    ANDERSON
    • Khorovod
    BACH
    • Magnificat
    • Brandenburg Concertos
    • Orchestral Suites
    • Violin Concertos
    • various Harpsichord Concertos
    BARBER
    • Adagio for Strings
    BARRY
    • Wiener Blut
    BEETHOVEN
    • Symphonies No.1-8
    • Egmont Overture
    • Leonore No. 3 Overture
    • Coriolan Overture
    • Fidelio Overture
    • Piano concertos
    • Violin Concerto
    • Romances for Violin
    BERIO
    • Folk songs
    BERLIOZ
    • Roman Carnival(scenes from Romeo and Juliette and Damnation of Faust)
    BERNSTEIN
    • "On the Town" Overture
    BIRTWISTLE
    • Secret Theatre
    • Silbury Air
    BORODIN
    • Polovtsian Dances
    BOULEZ
    • Eclat/Multiples
    BRAHMS
    • Symphonies No.1,2,4
    • Tragic Overture
    • Academic Festival Overture
    • Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto No.1
    • Hungarian Dances
    BRITTEN
    • Cello symphony
    • 4 Sea Interludes
    • Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge
    • Simple Symphony
    • Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
    • Serenade for Tenor
    • Horn and Strings
    • Prelude and Fugue for 18 Strings
    BRUCH
    • Violin Concertos No.1 and 2
    • Kol Nidrei
    CARTER
    • Reflexions
    CASHIAN
    • Scenes from Burgos (premiere)
    • Three Pieces (premiere)
    COPLAND
    • Appalachian Spring
    • Fanfare for the Common Man
    DEBUSSY
    • La Mer
    • Iberia
    • Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune
    • Danses
    DONATONI
    • Hot
    DVORAK
    • Symphonies No.7,8,9
    • Symphonic Variations
    • Cello Concerto
    • Slavonic Dances
    • Slavonic Rhapsodies
    • Romance for Violin
    • Wind Serenade
    ELGAR
    • Enigma Variations
    • Cello Concerto
    • Pomp and Circumstance Marches
    • Serenade for Strings
    • Introduction and Allegro
    • Salut d’amour
    EOTVOS
    • Violin Concerto (“Seven”)
    FRANCAIX
    • Divertissement
    GLINKA
    • Russlan and Ludmila Overture
    GOLIJOV
    • The Last Round
    GRIEG
    • Peer Gynt
    • Holberg Suite
    HANDEL
    • Messiah
    • Water Music
    • Fireworks Music
    • Sarabande
    • Organ Concertos
    • various Concerto Grossos
    HAYDN
    • Symphonies No.45, 59,67,101-104
    • Cello Concertos
    • Violin Concertos
    • Trumpet Concerto
    HENZE
    • Chamber Symphony
    HERVE
    • Ciels
    HOLST
    • The Planets
    • St.Paul’s Suite
    HOLT
    • Canciones
    HUMMEL
    • Trumpet concerto
    IBERT
    • Divertissment
    IRELAND
    • Concertino Pastorale
    JANACEK
    • Taras Bulba, Sinfonietta
    • Concertino
    LAMPSON
    • Symphony No.2
    LIGETI
    • Atmospheres
    LIM
    • Compass (Premiere)
    MACHE
    • Taranis (premiere)
    MAHLER
    • Symphonies No.1,4,10 (Adagio)
    • Adagietto from 5th Symphony
    MANTOVANI
    • 6 Pieces (premiere)
    MENDELSSOHN
    • Symphonies No.3 and 4
    • Violin Concerto
    • Midsummer Night’s Dream
    • Hebrides Overture
    MESSIAEN
    • Le Tombeau Resplendissant
    MIASKOVSKY
    • Cello Concerto
    MOZART
    • Requiem
    • C-minor Mass
    • Symphonies No.1,9,29,31,35-41
    • Overtures
    • Serenata Notturna
    • Haffner Serenade
    • Posthorn Serenade
    • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
    • Gran Partita
    • Piano Concertos No.20-27
    • Violin Concertos No.1-5
    • Clarinet Concerto
    • Sinfonia Concertante
    • Exultate Jubilate
    • Maurerische Trauermusik
    MUSSORGSKY
    • Pictures at an Exhibition
    NEUWIRTH
    • Clinamen Nodus
    NIELSON
    • Helios Overture, Symphonic Rhapsody, Little Suite
    NONO
    • Como un ola di fuerz
    PART
    • Lament-Tate (Premiere)
    PROKOFIEFF
    • Romeo and Juliet Suite
    • Peter and the Wolf
    • Violin Concerto No.1
    RACHMANINOV
    • Piano Concerto No.2
    • Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini
    RAVEL
    • Mother Goose Suite
    RIMSKY-KORSAKOV
    • Scheherazade
    RODRIGO
    • Concierto de Aranjuez
    ROSSINI
    • La Gazza Ladra Overture
    • An Italian in Algiers Overture
    • La Cenerentola Overture
    RUDERS
    • Abysm
    SAINT-SAENS
    • Symphony No.3
    • Carnival of the Animals
    • Cello Concertos No.1 and 2
    • Violin Concerto No.3
    • Havanaise
    SATIE
    • Gymnopedies
    SCHOELLER
    • The Eyes of the Wind
    SCHOENBERG
    • Piano Concerto
    SCHREIER
    • 3 Fragments for Orchestra (premiere)
    SCHUBERT
    • Symphonies No. 3,4,8,9
    SCHUMANN
    • Symphonies No. 1 and 4, Cello Concerto
    SCIARRINO
    • Infinito Nero
    SCRIABIN
    • Symphony No.3
    SCULTHORPE
    • Earth Cry
    SHOSTAKOVICH
    • Symphony No 5, Cello Concertos No.1 and 2.
    SIBELIUS
    • Symphonies No. 2,3,5
    • Violin Concerto
    SMETANA
    • Vltava
    • Vysehrad
    STENHAMMER
    • Symphony No. 2
    J.STRAUSS
    • Blue Danube, Radetzki March, Fledermaus Overture
    STRAUSS
    • Till Eulenspiegel
    • Don Juan
    • Horn Concerto No.2
    • Burleske
    • Wind Serenade
    STRAVINSKY
    • Firebird Suite
    • Pulcinella Suite
    • Dumbarton Oaks Concerto
    • Circus Polka
    • Danses Concertante
    TCHAIKOVSKY
    • Symphonies No.4,5,6
    • Suite No.3
    • Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
    • 1812 Overture
    • Rococo Variations
    • Violin Concerto
    • Serenade for Strings
    TURNAGE
    • The Torn Fields (premiere)
    • Kai
    • Bass Inventions
    • Dark Crossing
    • Twice Through the Heart
    VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
    • The Wasps, Songs of Travel
    VIVALDI
    • 4 Seasons
    WAGNER
    • Prelude & Liebestod from Tristan
    • Orchestral Excerpts from “The Ring”
    • Meistersinger Overture, Tannhaeuser Overture
    • Flying Dutchman Overture
    • Prelude to Act 3 from Lohengrin
    • Siegfried Idyll
    WALTON
    • Symphony No.1.
    • Belshazzar’s Feast
    • Façade
    • Henry 5th
    WEBER
    • Overture to Freischuetz and Oberon
    • Clarinet Concertos No.1 and 2
    WEIR
    • Consolations of Scholarship
    XENAKIS
    • Piece for 80 Musicians
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