NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra / NDR Vokalensemble / Matthias Brandt / Jonathan Stockhammer

Luigi Nono: Il canto sospeso – NDR das neue werk

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Jonathan Stockhammer
Jonathan Stockhammer © Hiromi Hoshiko
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra © Nikolaj Lund

Suspended song

Luigi Nono always saw himself as a political person and composer. But rather than composing musical manifestos against social injustice, he believed in the power of music to educate and enlighten. As in 1956, when he – in his large-scale cantata »Il canto sospeso« – translated farewell letters by members of the resistance that had been sentenced to death into a stirring and highly poetic tonal language. The German-American conductor and Nono specialist Jonathan Stockhammer now presents this »suspended song« in the Grand Hall.

Luigi Nono’s musical credo was to »awaken the ear, the eyes, human thought« with his works. This aspiration is reflected in the »Canto sospeso«, which was premiered in Cologne in 1956 and which – with its orchestra parts, a-cappella chorales and arias – also underlines Nono’s affinity for Italian madrigal and operatic art. Yet in its musical recollection, this »song« exudes a blazing presence.


NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

NDR Vokalensemble

Siobhan Stagg soprano

Noa Frenkel alto

Simon Bode tenor

conductor Jonathan Stockhammer

Matthias Brandt narrator


Ottavio Petrucci (Herausgeber)
Due suites da »Odhecaton« / Bearbeitung für Kammerorchester von Bruno Maderna (Auszüge)

Luigi Dallapiccola
Due pezzi per orchestra

– Interval –

Luigi Nono
Il canto sospeso

im Wechsel mit Briefen von zum Tode Verurteilten aus dem europäischen Widerstand

Pre-Concert Talk

with Robert Krampe (in German)

19:00 / Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal

Estimated end time



NDR das neue werk


Luigi Nono

Live Broadcast

The concert will be recorded and broadcast by NDR Kultur radio station at 20:00 on 7 June 2024.

Promoter: HamburgMusik / NDR

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