Lucerne Festival Academy 4

Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) | Enno Poppe | Nicolas Hodges et al.

Saunders | Webern | Stravinsky

Sat, 04.09. | 18.30 | No. 212314

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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10.08.-12.09. 2021

 

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    Lucerne Festival Academy 4

    Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) | Enno Poppe | Nicolas Hodges et al.

    Enno Poppe  conductor
    Dirk Rothbrust  percussion
    Rebecca Saunders (*1967)
    void for percussion duo and orchestra
    Swiss premiere
    Anton Webern (1883–1945)
    Symphony Op. 21
    Variations for Orchestra, Op. 30
    Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
    Movements for piano and orchestra
    Rebecca Saunders (*1967)
    to an utterance for piano and orchestra
    Roche Commissions world premiere
    (version with slightly reduced orchestra)

    Composer-in-residence Rebecca Saunders is a tireless researcher into sounds. She prefers to focus on individual instruments and works intensive with her performers. This is how “inspiring sessions of sonic exploration” with the percussionists Christian Dierstein and Dirk Rothbrust resulted in void. The British composer, who lives in Berlin, similarly explores unusual playing techniques in her new piano concerto to an utterance. “The solo piano within this concerto was conceived as a disembodied voice. It seeks to tell its own story… an incessant, compulsive soliloquy… on the precipice of non-being…” Saunders’s music is juxtaposed with that of two modern icons regarded by many as polar opposites: Igor Stravinsky, with his unleashed rhythms and archaizing melodies, and Anton Webern, the advocate of strict 12-tone music. But in such late works as the mini-piano concerto Movements, the artistic chameleon Stravinsky took Webern himself as his model, elevating him to “a perpetual Pentecost for all who believe in music.” 

    Introduction to the Concert | 17.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium 
    with Rebecca Saunders and Mark Sattler (in German)

    You can purchase the digital concert program here.

    Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO)

    With the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra — LFCO for short — Lucerne Festival has launched a new orchestra this year: an orchestra of excellence for the performance of new and contemporary music. The LFCO thus forms a counterpart to the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and focuses on 20th- and 21st-century scores, from modern classics to commissioned works that are premiered in Lucerne. The international members of the LFCO have all benefited from training at the Lucerne Festival Academy, which was initiated by Pierre Boulez and is now directed by Wolfgang Rihm. Thanks to its close ties to the Academy and its network, the LFCO is able to play a pioneering role in the performance of contemporary music and in the development of forward-looking concert formats. Through its projects, it exploits the possibilities of new technologies; interdisciplinary work gives rise to novel listening and concert experiences. The LFCO can be heard in numerous performances at the Lucerne Summer Festival, as well as at Lucerne Festival Forward in November — and, of course, at guest performances all over the world. In its first summer, the LFCO collaborates with conductors Heinz Holliger, Lin Liao, Johanna Malangré, and Ilan Volkov, presenting music by composers ranging from Stravinsky and Webern to Boulez and Xenakis, as well as premieres by Amarouch, Colţea, Milenko, Vaughan, and composer-in-residence Rebecca Saunders. The musicians will join Patricia Kopatchinskaja to perform the staged concert Bye-Bye Beethoven. They will also participate in performances of Kagel’s Staatstheater at the Luzerner Theater.

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    Enno Poppe

    1969 im Sauerland geboren, studierte Enno Poppe Dirigieren und Komposition bei Friedrich Goldmann und Gösta Neuwirth an der Hochschule der Künste in Berlin sowie Klangsynthese und algorithmische Komposition an der dortigen Technischen Universität und am Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe. Poppe erhielt Kompositionsaufträge u. a. von den Wittener Tagen für neue Kammermusik, den Berliner Festwochen, den Festivals Ultraschall und MaerzMusik Berlin, vom Éclat für neue Musik Stuttgart, von der Münchner musica viva, den Donaueschinger Musiktagen und den Salzburger Festspielen. Bei der Münchener Biennale kam 2008 sein Bühnenwerk Arbeit Nahrung Wohnung heraus, bei den Schwetzinger Festspielen 2012 die Oper IQ, beides auf Texte des Dichters Marcel Beyer. Zuletzt, im Herbst 2019, erlebte sein Violinkonzert Schnur mit Carolin Widmann, dem NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester und Alan Gilbert seine Uraufführung beim Beethovenfest Bonn. Zu den Orchestern, die sich Poppes Œuvre widmeten, zählen auch das Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, das Los Angeles Philharmonic, das Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, das BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra und das hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt. Seit 1998 leitet Enno Poppe, der auch als Pianist und Dirigent tätig ist, das ensemble mosaik; regelmässig dirigiert er das Klangforum Wien, das Ensemble Musikfabrik und das Ensemble Resonanz. Von 2002 bis 2004 unterrichtete Poppe Komposition an der Hochschule für Musik «Hanns Eisler» Berlin, von 2004 bis 2010 war er Dozent bei den Darmstädter Ferientagen. Er wurde mit dem Boris-Blacher-Preis (1998), dem Busoni-Kompositionspreis der Berliner Akademie der Künste (2002), dem Förderpreis der Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung (2004) und dem Schneider-Schott-Musikpreis (2005) ausgezeichnet. 2013 wurde ihm der Hans-Werner-Henze-Preis, 2016 der Deutsche Musikautorenpreis verliehen.

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    Nicolas Hodges

    Born in London in 1970, Nicolas Hodges trained as a pianist at Winchester College and the University of Cambridge with Robert Bottone, Susan Bradshaw, and Sulamita Aronovsky; he also studied composition with Michael Finnissy and Robin Holloway. His repertoire focuses on contemporary music, which he performs with such orchestras as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with Marin Alsop, Daniel Barenboim, Susanna Mälkki, Jonathan Nott, François-Xavier Roth, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and Leonard Slatkin on the podium. Nicolas Hodges is a regular guest at major festivals, including the Donaueschinger Musiktage, the Festival d’Automne in Paris, the Salzburg Festival, the Tanglewood Festival, Ars Musica Brussels, Wien Modern, the BBC Proms, and the Tage für Neue Musik in Zurich. As a chamber musician, he has been a member of Trio Accanto since 2013 and performs with the Arditti Quartet, cellist Adrian Brendel, and percussionist Colin Currie. Time and again, renowned composers have written new works for Hodges: Elliott Carter’s piano concerto Dialogues (2004), Thomas Adès’s In Seven Days (2008), and Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s The Gigue Machine (2011) and Variations from the Golden Mountain (2014) were all created for him. He enjoys a close relationship with this summer’s composer-in-residence Rebecca Saunders, who has written several works for Hodges, such as the double concerto miniata, Choler for two pianos, the trio That Time, the solo pieces crimson and Shadow, and the piano concerto to an utterance, which is receiving its world premiere this evening. Since 2005, Nicolas Hodges has been professor of piano at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart; additionally, he is a lecturer at the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music.

    Lucerne Festival debut on 16 August 2002 with the Basel Sinfonietta under Peter Rundel in a program including Xenakis’s Keqrops.

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    Christian Dierstein

    Christian Dierstein, who was born in 1965, completed his music studies with Bernhard Wulff in Freiburg, Gaston Sylvestre in Paris, and Wassilios Papadopoulos in Mannheim. Since 1988, he has been a percussionist with ensemble recherche, and he has been playing with pianist Nicolas Hodges and saxophonist Marcus Weiss as part of the Trio Accanto since 1994. In 2010-11, the
    European Concert Hall Organization presented him as one of its Rising Stars, with performances at the major European concert halls. Dierstein is intensively involved with non-European music and free improvisation. He has recorded numerous CDs, including solo albums featuring works by Brian Ferneyhough, Helmut Lachenmann, Mathias Spahlinger, and Claude Vivier. Since 2001, Dierstein has been professor of percussion and new chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel; he also taught at the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt.

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    Dirk Rothbrust

    Born in 1968 in Illingen, Saarland, Dirk Rothbrust has established himself as a percussionist in demand worldwide. From 1986 to 1994, he studied in Saarbrücken and Karlsruhe with Franz Lang and Isao Nakamura. He has been a member of the Schlagquartett Köln since 1995, played in the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin from 2001 to 2008, and has been a member of the Ensemble Musikfabrik since 2005. Whether as part of ensembles or as a soloist, Dirk Rothbrust performs at all of the important European festivals for contemporary music and collaborates with the leading composers and performers of our time, among them Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Martha Argerich, and Maurizio Pollini; the saxophonist Peter Brötzmann; and the electronic duo Mouse on Mars. As a soloist, Dirk Rothbrust has given the world premieres of such compositions as void by Rebecca Saunders, Beat Furrer’s Xenos III, and Wolfgang Mitterer's rasch, which — like many other works — were written especially for him.

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    Introduction to the Concert | 17.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium 
    with Rebecca Saunders and Mark Sattler (in German)

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