Ensemble Concert 3

The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic | Markus Stockhausen
Tue, 30 August 2011 | 19.30 | KKL Luzern, Concert Hall | 633
Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker  

The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic | Markus Stockhausen trumpet

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Extracts from “The Art of Fugue”, BWV 1080

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Pavane, Op. 50
“Labyrinth” for twelve cellos (world première)

Vincent Scotto (1876-1952)
“Sous les Ponts de Paris”

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
“Clair de lune”

Markus Stockhausen (*1957)
“Miniatur einer Seelenreise” (“Miniature of a Soul’s Journey”) for trumpet and twelve violoncellos

Kaija Saariaho (*1952)
Extract from “Neiges”

“Deep river” (Spiritual)

Glenn Miller (1904-1944)
“Moonlight Serenade”

Duke Ellington (1899-1974)

Together they play on 48 strings, from low C to stratospheric harmonics, bowing, plucking, and strumming, as they happily transcend the borders of the “classical” repertory – and in the process produce an incomparable sound that is overwhelmingly beautiful and refined. The 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic have formed a world-famous “orchestra within an orchestra” for nearly half a century now. The “glorious 12” will appear in Lucerne with a program ranging from Bach’s “The Art of Fugue” to a world premiere by Sofia Gubaidulina. But the French capital will become the concert’s geographical center when these virtuosos perform not only “Sous les Ponts de Paris” but music by Debussy and Fauré as well. And of course the prospect of nightlife will not get short shrift, for they’ve programmed Glenn Miller’s “Moonlight Serenade” and Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” – thus ensuring an evening of sheer enjoyment.


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