Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra / Vivi Vassileva / Titus Engel

Cerha / Lutosławski / Zemlinsky

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Vivi Vassileva
Vivi Vassileva © Adriana Yankulova

Percussion in perfection

The percussion star Martin Grubinger has described Friedrich Cerha’s percussion concerto, written for him by the then 80-year-old composer in 2007, as the most difficult work he has ever played. Now his protégé student Vivi Vassileva is taking on the virtuosic solo concerto. Once again, this young musician proves that she has long been playing at the very top of the premiere percussion league.

Vivi Vassileva is accompanied by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, which performs two rarely heard symphonic works after the interval. Under the baton of the Swiss conductor Titus Engel, the acclaimed orchestra plays Alexander von Zemlinsky’s »Sinfonietta for Orchestra« – a colourful symbiosis of Gustav Mahler’s romanticism and modernist complexity. The musicians also perform a work by their fellow countryman Witold Lutosławski, who himself conducted the eminent Katowice Radio Orchestra on several occasions during his lifetime.


Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Vivi Vassileva percussion

conductor Titus Engel


Friedrich Cerha
Konzert für Schlagzeug und Orchester

Zugabe der Solistin:

Gregor A. Mayrhofer
Plastic Bottle Cadenza / aus: Recycling Concerto

– Interval –

Witold Lutosławski

Alexander von Zemlinsky
Sinfonietta für Orchester op. 23

Pre-Concert Talk (in German)
19:00 / Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal

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