Les Métaboles / SWR Experimentalstudio

Portrait Luigi Nono

Les Métaboles / Léo Warynski
Les Métaboles / Léo Warynski © Binet Meisenthal
Les Métaboles / Léo Warynski
Les Métaboles / Léo Warynski © Elsa Laurent

The path is the goal

In his late work, Luigi Nono always also transformed the music into moving ambient sound. To achieve that, he regularly worked with the legendary SWR Experimentalstudio. One example is his vocal and instrumental work »Diario polacco No. 2«, in which electronic sounds permeate the hall. His work »Hay que caminar – soñando«, in contrast, features two violinists wandering from one music desk to the next.

Under conductor Léo Warynski, the Les Métaboles vocal ensemble and the SWR Experimentalstudio remember Nono the political man. When martial law was introduced in Poland in 1981 he wrote »Quando stanno morendo / Diario polacco No. 2« and dedicated it to persecuted Polish friends and comrades.

Nono composed »Hay que caminar – soñando« in 1989, one year before his death. With its »choreographic« arrangement, it epitomises an inscription, seen on a monastery wall, that had fascinated Nono: »Wanderer, there is no path. All that matters is the walking.«


Les Métaboles vocal ensemble

Matteo Cesari flute

Barbara Bultmann violin

Juditha Haeberlin violin

Éric-Maria Couturier violoncello

director Léo Warynski

sound SWR Experimentalstudio


»Portrait Luigi Nono«

Luigi Nono
Quando stanno morendo / Diario polacco No. 2 for women’s voices, flute, violoncello and live electronics
»Hay que caminar« soñando for two violins

CANCELLED: Pre-Concert Talk

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18:30 / Elbphilharmonie, Kleiner Saal

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Luigi Nono

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The concert will be recorded and broadcast by NDR Kultur radio station at on 23 April 2024.

Promoter: HamburgMusik / NDR

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