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Haydn concert to end up on CD

  • Jul 14, 2006
From The Register-Guard By Bob Keefer Joseph Haydn produced a dozen Masses, but the last six, composed in the final 15 years of his life, are considered to be among his masterworks. The Oregon Bach Festival and its German sister institution, the Bachakademie Stuttgart, have embarked on a project to record all six of the late Masses before 2009. That year will mark the 200th anniversary of Haydn's death, which came on May 31, 1809. This Friday night, the festival orchestra, chorus and soloists will perform and record the Creation Mass, the next to last Mass composed by Haydn. ``We have from Haydn these wonderful six late Masses, composed during the '90s of the 18th century,'' said Bach Festival artistic director Helmuth Rilling. ``We have a Haydn year coming up in 2009. At that time I would like to have these six Masses on three CDs ready. We are going to start this year with one Mass, the Creation Mass in Eugene. And we will continue in the two coming years to always do such a Mass. The other three will be done in Stuttgart with my German forces.'' The Mass will be performed in the second half of Friday's concert. The first half of the program will consist of two works by J.S. Bach - the Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor and the Concerto in C Minor for Oboe and Violin. The violin soloist for the concerto will be Rahel Rilling, daughter of Helmuth Rilling. Now 29, she began playing violin at age 4 and first played in the orchestra at the Oregon Bach Festival in 1995. The Friday concert, she said, will mark her first solo in the Silva Concert Hall. In this year's festival she has been concertmaster at three afternoon Discovery Series concerts and a regular violinist in the festival orchestra for other shows. Playing for her father as conductor isn't a problem at all, the violinist says. ``I enjoy it a lot. We get along really well together, and we love to play together. It is very special for me that he wants me to play here. I am really enjoying it. It is a great opportunity to play solo.'' Perhaps unlike her father, though, Rahel Rilling is a fan of hip-hop and electronic music as well as classical. She enjoyed dancing to hip-hop at the after-concert opening party last week. ``I am often listening to many different kinds of music,'' she said. ``From hip-hop and electronic to opera and classical. ``You know German hip-hop? There are many good songs. The Fantastic Four (Die Fantastischen Vier), a group from Stuttgart, they have really philosophical texts.''