Lucerne Festival Academy 1

Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) | Johanna Malangré | Juliet Fraser

Xenakis | Illés | Saunders

Sat, 28.08. | 22.00 | No. 212311

KKL Luzern, Lucerne Hall

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Summer Festival

10.08.-12.09. 2021

 

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    Lucerne Festival Academy 1

    Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) | Johanna Malangré | Juliet Fraser

    Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO)  
    Johanna Malangré  conductor
    Juliet Fraser  soprano
    Iannis Xenakis (1922–2001)
    Syrmos for 18 strings
    Márton Illés (*1975)
    Post Torso for string orchestra
    Swiss premiere 
    Rebecca Saunders (*1967)
    Nether for soprano and ensemble
    Swiss premiere 

    “You have to let out the monster in you”: This conviction guides Rebecca Saunders when she composes for voice. She does not merely want to set a text to music, but tries to “giv[e] the text a new framework and environment, letting it resonate in an acoustic landscape in order to create a new perspective from which the essence of the text can be heard and felt” – whether working with spoken, whispered, or sung text. In several works, this year’s composer-in-residence has drawn inspiration from Molly Bloom’s famous final monologue in James Joyce’s century-old novel Ulysses. Nether from 2019 translates Molly’s chaotic stream of consciousness, a wild whirl of flashes of mind, scraps of memory, and sensory impressions, into a highly emotional vocal performance. Iannis Xenakis and Martón Illés also set out in search of new sounds in two energetic works for string orchestra that are separated by almost half a century. Glissandi and pizzicato attacks migrate through the instruments, are layered on top of each other, condense, and break off unexpectedly. High-voltage music! 

    The “Rebecca Saunders Package”
    20% discount when purchasing three different concerts featuring music by composer-in-residence Rebecca Saunders, Order form here.