Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra / Nicolas Hodges / Sylvain Cambreling

Rebecca Saunders / Dieter Ammann – Elbphilharmonie Visions

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Nicolas Hodges
Nicolas Hodges © Eric Richmond
Sylvain Cambreling
Sylvain Cambreling © J. Konrad Schmidt

Not a second of idling

Thanks to the Lucerne Festival Academy founded by Pierre Boulez and now led by Wolfgang Rihm, new and the latest music play a central role at the traditional Lucerne Festival. And with the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra there is in the meantime an excellent ensemble whose young musicians focus on 20th and 21st century scores.

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Under the baton of Sylvain Cambreling, the piano is heard at first as a kind of »bodiless voice«. That is how the English Wolfgang Rihm pupil Rebecca Saunders described her piece »to an utterance« for piano and orchestra, which had its first performance in Lucerne in 2021.

After this we hear the orchestral triptych »Core-Turn-Boost« by Swiss composer Dieter Ammann, which blends a wide variety of influences (among them jazz) into a compelling style dense with events and of great colouristic refinement. Or, to use the words that Wolfgang Rihm once found for Ammann’s music: »The music doesn’t idle for one second, it’s full of life and permeated by force lines in the best sense«.


Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO)

Nicolas Hodges piano

conductor Sylvain Cambreling


Rebecca Saunders
to an utterance für Klavier und Orchester

Talk with Rebecca Saunders, Dieter Ammann and Barbara Lebitsch

Dieter Ammann
Core für Orchester
Turn für Orchester
Boost für Orchester

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Supporting programme

Fri, 3 Feb 2023 21:45
Talk »How does the present sound«, Elbphilharmonie, Foyer Großer Saal


Elbphilharmonie for Connoisseurs


Elbphilharmonie Visions

Promoter: HamburgMusik / NDR

Supported by Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung

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