Rolando has been suffering from a cold for the past week and on Monday, in the first of two subscription concerts of the Staatskapelle on consecutive nights, he was still not well enough and decided not to perform the Carter as he wanted to do justice to the piece which was having its European premiere. So he only sang the two programmed Mozart concert arias and Barenboim and the Staatskapelle performed the rest of the programme - Mozart Sinfonia Concertante and Haffner Symphony, and Carter’s Concertino for bass clarinet – as planned.
For the second concert, yesterday night at the Philharmonie, Rolando recovered and was well enough, so he premiered the Carter cycle (“A Sunbeam’s Architecture”) with great success (the audience was enthusiastic) as part of the overall programme which, again, included two Mozart concert, Mozart Sinfonia Concertante and Haffner Symphony, and Carter’s Concertino for bass clarinet.
From Rolando himself:
I love Carter’s cycle, it’s an absolutely brilliant piece by a wonderful composer and a joy to sing. I have rarely performed contemporary music so far in my career, and this has been a wonderful experience. I look forward to performing this piece many more times in the years to come, and I am very happy that it was recorded, too. It has to be heard by as many people as possible!