Lucerne Festival Academy 4

Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) | Ilan Volkov | Nicolas Hodges et al.

Saunders | Webern | Stravinsky

Sat, 04.09. | 18.30 | No. 212314

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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    Lucerne Festival Academy 4

    Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) | Ilan Volkov | Nicolas Hodges et al.

    Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO)  
    Ilan Volkov  conductor
    Dirk Rothbrust  percussion
    Rebecca Saunders (*1967)
    void for percussion duo and orchestra
    Swiss premiere
    Anton Webern (1883–1945)
    Variations for Orchestra, Op. 30
    Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
    Movements for piano and orchestra
    Anton Webern (1883–1945)
    Symphony Op. 21
    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)

    Nicolas Hodges

    Nicolas Hodges, 1970 in London geboren, absolvierte seine Klavierausbildung am Winchester College und an der University of Cambridge bei Robert Bottone, Susan Bradshaw und Sulamita Aronovsky; hinzu kamen Kompositionsstudien bei Michael Finnissy und Robin Holloway. Im Zentrum seines Repertoires steht die zeitgenössische Musik, die er mit Orchestern wie dem Boston Symphony Orchestra, den Berliner Philharmonikern, dem BBC Symphony Orchestra, dem Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, dem San Francisco Symphony oder dem City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra zur Aufführung bringt. Dabei arbeitet er mit Dirigenten wie Marin Alsop, Daniel Barenboim, Susanna Mälkki, Jonathan Nott, François-Xavier Roth, Jukka-Pekka Saraste oder Leonard Slatkin zusammen. Nicolas Hodges ist regelmässiger Gast bedeutender Festivals, darunter die Donaueschinger Musiktage, das Festival d’Automne in Paris, die Salzburger Festspiele, das Tanglewood Festival, die Ars Musica Brüssel, Wien Modern, die BBC Proms sowie die Tage für Neue Musik in Zürich. Als Kammermusiker ist er seit 2013 Mitglied im Trio Accanto und arbeitet mit dem Arditti Quartet, dem Cellisten Adrian Brendel und dem Schlagzeuger Colin Currie zusammen. Renommierte Komponisten wie Elliott Carter, Thomas Adès oder Sir Harrison Birtwistle haben für Nicolas Hodges neue Werke geschrieben. Gegenwärtig komponiert Rebecca Saunders ein neues Klavierkonzert für ihn, das 2020 bei LUCERNE FESTIVAL uraufgeführt wird. Seit 2005 lehrt Nicolas Hodges als Professor für Klavier an der Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, ausserdem ist er Dozent bei den Darmstädter Ferienkursen für Neue Musik.

    Debut bei LUCERNE FESTIVAL am 16. August 2002 mit der basel sinfonietta unter Peter Rundel – auf dem Programm stand Keqrops von Iannis Xenakis.

    Oktober 2018
     

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    Christian Dierstein

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    Dirk Rothbrust

    Born in 1968 in Illingen, Germany, Dirk Rothbrust ranks among the most renowned international percussionists. From 1986 to 1994, he studied in Saarbrücken and Karlsruhe with Franz Lang and Isao Nakamura. He has been a member of the Cologne Percussion Quartet since 1995 and of the Ensemble Musikfabrik since 2005, and from 2001 to 2008 he played with the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin. Whether with an ensemble or as a soloist, Rothbrust concertizes at all the important contemporary music festivals in Europe and collaborates with the leading composers and performers of our time, including Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Martha Argerich, and Maurizio Pollini; the saxophonist Peter Brötzmann; and the electronic duo Mouse on Mars. As a soloist, Rothbrust has given the world premieres of such works as void by Rebecca Saunders, Beat Furrer’s Xenos III, and Wolfgang Mitterer’s Rasch, all of which – like many other works – were written specifically for him.

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

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

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