Fontane And Love

A musical reading

© J.Rötzsch



“What we call love is all sorts of things, except mostly love.”

From: Letters to his daughter Mete 13.03.1888









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Well, if any man in the military state of Prussia knew about love, it was Theodor Fontane. In his novels he set touching monuments to it, as he did to his female characters, but also to his love of his homeland. Instrumental music of his time, songs that set his most famous poems to music (“Ribbeck”, “Heimat”, “Frühling” and others), and of course readings commemorate the 200th birthday of the Huguenot Prussian [fɔɔ̃.tɛn].

Theodor Fontane (1819 – 1898), german Writer, journalist, storyteller and theater critic

On the occasion of his 200th birthday, we remember him in instrumental music, in songs (“Ribbeck”, “Heimat”,
“Spring”, etc.), and of course in readings, we remember him as a man who continues to provide answers – and hope – to the
questions – and gives hope:

“Great times are always times when everything goes wrong.”

Ensemble instrumentations:
Trio: violin, piano and reading
Trio: soprano, piano and reading
Quartet: soprano, violin, piano and reading


Salon K&K

Anna Barbara Kastelewicz and Johanna Krumin with guests


René Hofschneider, Reading


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was born in Detmold and grew up with his two brothers in Berlin. There he came at the age of 15 years for the first time in contact with the theater and learned in initially small roles the Staatliche Schauspielbühnen Berlins under Hans Lietzau and Boy Gobert.

Here Hans Neuenfels discovered him for the role of “Ottokar” in his film Schroffenstein after Heinrich v. Kleist. The film was shot near Salzburg, where he then also began his training at the Mozarteum. After drama school, he took the long road through the provinces via Heidelberg, Aachen, Stuttgart and Marburg, finally returning to the Grips Theater in Berlin. With wonderful tours of the play LINIE 1 to Australia, New York and Jerusalem almost 5 years passed, until for the time being film and television came to the fore.

In addition to various productions (Tatort, Wilsberg, Doppelter Einsatz, Soko Leipzig, Soko Wismar, Danni Lowinski, Our Farm in Ireland, The Fat Man, Inga Lindström), he played the lead role in one of the first sitcoms realized in Germany (A Job for Life).

During breaks from filming, he continued to educate himself: during a three-year seminar in the Meisterklasse of Yuri Alschitz (GITIS Moscow), he learned the Russian methods of play, which were deepened with the study of Anatoly Vasilyev.

With the play Venice in the Snow (2008) René found his way back to the theater and also began ean extremely fruitful cooperation with Matthias Freihof. In the course of this collaboration, which continues to this day, René tours throughout Germany with various plays.

Besides acting, René Hofschneider studied Chinese medicine.

Johanna Krumin, Soprano

Johanna Krumin Sopran

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about who Mikis Theodorakis says: “Johanna sings so that you have to listen. Closer to me as a musician can not anyone be.”*, studied in her hometown of Berlin singing with Prof. Renate Krahmer and Julia Varady (HfM Hanns Eisler). 

During her studies she worked permanently employed in the Rias Kammerchor Berlin.
Stage engagements followed, among others, at the Ruhrtriennale, at someen German theaters, at the Mongolian State Opera Ulan Bator and at the Hamburg State Opera as a cover.
As a concert and oratorio singer Johanna Krumin sang among others. at the Bach Festival Leipzig, the MDR Music Summer, with the Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, the German Chamber Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Octet, the Bach Collegium Berlin, the BSO, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Potsdam Chamber Academy, the New Westphalian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Babelsberg Film Orchestra, the Bratislava Chamber Orchestra, at various European chamber music festivals, in the form of radio concerts and CD recordings.

For the role of Manon/Massenet, she was nominated as the best young singer of the year (Critics Award).
In addition, it comes regularly to artistic-musical cooperation with partners such as the German Bundestag, the Foreign Office of Germany, the Olympic Stadium Berlin, Phase 7 performing art and as a co-trainer with the Leadership Orchestra (in-house trainings).

In addition to regular pedagogical activity, Johanna Krumin followed invitations to lead workshops such as “Le chant – Le Lied” at the German Cultural Week Benin/Africa, invitations to publish an article in the magazine “Forum Kirchenmusik” about text treatment in singing and to give a lecture on the topic “Relationship word and sound in singing”.

Your current song solo CD co-produced by Bayerischer Rundfunk has won the supersonic award record prize.

*(Athener Tagebuch Asteris Kutulas 29.07.2015) 

Anna Barbara Kastelewicz – Violin

Anna Barbara Kastelewicz

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works as a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster. She has a national and international presence with performances and tours in Europe and Asia. She records for radio, television and recordings. In her projects she likes to combine the different arts and present her concerts.

Anna Barbara Kastelewicz founded two project orchestras, the “neue barockorchester berlin”
and the “neue konzertorchester berlin”, which she conducts herself as concertmaster. From 2007 to 2013 she was the artistic director of the “Musikfestival Lüneburger Heide”, and in 2016 she founded “Kulturschlaglicht / Brandenburgische Kulturfestspiele in Schlösser und Gärten”, a festival that combines musical performances with light and sound design, lectures and guided tours of the historic sites with their special flair.

She devotes herself intensively to musicology. She is researching the topic “Music in the Special Camps of the Soviet Occupation Forces 1945 – 1950 on German Soil”. It is her great concern to revive the music created and performed there and its background in lectures, performances and recordings and to bring it to mind in a lasting way. In close cooperation with the composer Kurt Hauschild, Anna Barbara Kastelewicz worked out the interpretation of his works, created an annotated catalog of works and an edition of his 8th string quartet “Jan Palach”.

Anna Barbara Kastelewicz is active as a lecturer at colleges of music. The native
Berlin native lives as a freelance artist in Berlin.

Alina Pronina – Piano

Alina Pronina

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Born in Kiev, the Ukrainian-born pianist received her first piano lessons at the age of five. From 1997 to 2000 she studied at the R. M. Gliere Conservatory there and attended master classes with D. Joffe, N. Fischer, B. Goetzke and L. Berman. In 2006, after five years of study in the class of Prof. Galina Ivanzova at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin, she passed her diploma and in 2008 her concert exam.

During the years of study she won the “Vox Populi” prize at the Kiev Festival “Regina and Vladimir Horowitz- in Memoriam” (1997) and was a prize winner at the international competitions “Tradition and Present” in St. Petersburg, Russia (1995), “Art of the 21st Century” in Worsel, Ukraine (1999) and the International Competition for Young Pianists in Ettlingen, Germany (2002). In 2007 she won the Berlin Steinway Competition and became a scholarship holder of “Yehudi Menuhin-Live Music Now e.V”.

Since 2009 she has played in various theater performances with the Staatskapelle Berlin,
the Orchestra of the German Opera Berlin and the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg.


© Fotos: Jens Rötzsch/J.Krumin/M.Knickriem/Braune Del Angel