Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin / Les Percussions de Strasbourg

Spotlight on Iannis Xenakis

This concert has already taken place! € 57.00 | 52.00 | 36.00 | 17.00 | 10.00
This concert has already taken place! € 57.00 | 52.00 | 36.00 | 17.00 | 10.00

The Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin presents not one but two concerts for this year's Xenakis spotlight at the Elbphilharmonie. Under the baton of Peter Rundel and in the company of leading soloists like Scottish percussionist Colin Currier and the British pianist Nicolas Hodges, the orchestra presents several of Xenakis's major works, and places them in an interesting context.

The second of the two evenings with the Berlin-based orchestra unites Xenakis with his one-time teacher and mentor Olivier Messiaen. The concert opens with »Gmeeoorh« for solo organ: this piece, whose title is a free anagram for »organon«, explores the sphere of the highest and lowest notes and the extremes of dynamics.

In contrast, the opening of Olivier Messiaen's symphonic meditation »Les offrandes oubliées« (God's Forgotten Offerings) is much gentler. This was Messiaen's first orchestral work to be publicly performed and published. It praises divine leniency and takes its form from the thee-part structure of a medieval altar triptych.

After the interval we hear the piano concerto »Synaphaï« and the work »Persephassa«, conceived as a spatial sound experience, for which the different batteries of percussion are strategically placed in the concert hall, so that they can produce impressive effects by means of shifting and contrasting rhythms. With its round vineyard design and transparent acoustics, the Elbphilharmonie offers the perfect setting for this music.

Performers

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Les Percussions de Strasbourg percussion ensemble

Nicolas Hodges piano

Thomas Cornelius organ

Jörg Bittner lighting design

conductor Peter Rundel

Programme

Iannis Xenakis
Gmeeoorh

Olivier Messiaen
Les offrandes oubliées / Sinfonische Meditation

Iannis Xenakis
Empreintes

- Interval -

Iannis Xenakis
Persephassa
Synaphaï

Einführung mit Vincent Dahm
16:00 / Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Großer Saal

Estimated end time
18:45

Supporting programme

Sat, 30 Nov 2019 15:30
Exhibition: »Sound Forms Space«, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Kaistudio 1

Sun, 1 Dec 2019 15:00
Exhibition: »Sound Forms Space«, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Kaistudio 1

Series

Visiting Orchestras

Schwerpunkt

Iannis Xenakis

Promoter: HamburgMusik

With the support of the French Institute in Paris, the city of Strasbourg and the region Grand Est.

During your visit

Visiting in the age of corona

Minimum distancing and face coverings on all passageways

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One before the concert

A public viewing platform on the 8th floor of the Elbphilharmonie

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Before the concert

In the Grand Hall and Recital Hall foyers

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