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Gueller’s Dancing in the Light (CBC) of works by contemporary Canadian composer Christos Hatzis, featuring violist Rivka Golani, percussionist Beverly Johnson and oboist Suzanne Lemieux with Symphony Nova Scotia, was released to critical acclaim. A CD of contemporary works by Tim Brady with SNS and Gueller and soloists Robert Uchida (violin) and Jutta Pulvermacher (viola) was awarded an East Coast Music Award in 2016. In 2017, Schubert, a CD of orchestrated lieder including commissioned orchestrations, with mezzo-soprano Andrea Ludwig was released. In 2019 he released, with the cellist Peter Martens and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, was of the cello concertos of Vieuxtemps and Saint- Saëns on the Cello Classics label. His most recent release, in 2019, with Symphony Nova Scotia is Sarah Slean with the second of Canadian composer Christos Hatzis’s two interrelated symphonic song cycles Lamento and Ecstasy.
All these followed a CD (RCA) of Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Wagner’s Wesendoncklieder with mezzo soprano Hanneli Rupert, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, and others with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra with Peter Lukas Graf (flute) and oboist Lajos Lensces, with German Brass and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.
Gueller also conducted the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in an internationally released film documentary, Cosmic Africa.
An acknowledged Bruckner and Mahler expert, he is also known for his mastery contemporary works and commissioned several concerti for Symphony Nova Scotia. Compsotopo. These include a concerto for accordion, for oboe (Christos Hatzis) and tabla (Dinuk Witjernatne ). He has given the premieres works by composers such as the German Werner Egt and is the dedicatee of works on three continents. Gueller conducted a multimedia presentation of Holst’s The Planets in Cape Town and Halifax, and has also conducted ballet (an annual production of The Nutcracker for 17 consecutive years as well as traditional and new ballers such as Ballet Jorgen’s Anastasia, and opera, including a semi-staged Elektra (Strauss) with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. His outdoor concerts with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra attracted 70 000 people each.
About the Peter Martens (cello) CD with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra
South African cellist Peter Martens is partnered with Bernhard Gueller, showcasing the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at its very best.
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About the Sarah Slean CD with Symphony Nova Scotia:
This “comes alive through the expressive presence of acclaimed vocalist Sarah Slean and the happy confluence of conductor Gueller and the Nova Scotia Symphony … Sarah Slean’s performances are one-of-a-kind and I can scarcely imagine anyone coming close to her dramatically smashing way with these songs. By the same token the orchestral parts come very much alive with Gueller and the Nova Scotia Symphony Appelgate Classical-Modern Music March 12, 2020
Music Director Laureate of Symphony Nova Scotia in Canada and Principal Guest Conductor of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernhard Gueller continues to…