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    Philharmonie Berlin – GREAT!CLSX
    Mon, 9 May 2022 19:30


    A journey through mesmerising soundscapes. In George Crumb’s »A Haunted Landscape«, the US-American takes the genre of night music to the extreme. This work is about enigmatic “places on planet earth that are permeated by an aura of the mysterious” and tell of ancient stories that shape our consciousness to this day. It is the grandeur of landscape and natural impressions that Crumb’s compatriot Augusta Read Thomas sublimely stages in her orchestral piece “Words of the Sea”. And »Réveil des oiseaux« by Frenchman Olivier Messiaen is composed, as it were, by nature itself. »Orion« by Claude Vivier, after all, refers with its very title to the entire universe, a perennial source of inspiration for the Canadian composer, who assumed that man’s »inner spaces« are a reflection of the universe.

    “Réveil des oiseaux” is also a virtuoso piano concerto, performed by Pierre-Laurent Aimard, a master of the piano, whose playing was shaped as a child by an encounter with Messiaen himself. The work is based on genuine transcriptions of bird songs, which Messiaen venerated as divine messages. These enigmatic sounds, native to our planet long before man arrived, are subject of the concert opening talk with New York philosopher and musician David Rothenberg.

    With this concert we launch our new concert series GREAT!CLSX, in which first-class European orchestras present masterpieces of the past century. As part of the events, we include talks by scholars and artists that refer to specific aspects of the respective programmes.

    Click here to go “Backstage” with Augusta Read Thomas. 

    Brad Lubman

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    Click here to go “Backstage” with Brad Lubman.

    Brad Lubman, American conductor and composer, has gained widespread recognition for his versatility, commanding technique and insightful interpretations over the course of more than two decades. He is much in demand with major orchestras in Europe and the US and has been successful in building regular partnerships with several well-known orchestras and ensembles, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

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    Alongside his busy schedule in Germany, he is also frequently asked to conduct some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

    In addition, he has worked with some of the most important European and American ensembles for contemporary music, including the Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble MusikFabrik, Ensemble Resonanz, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, and Steve Reich and Musicians.

    Brad Lubman is also Professor of Conducting and Ensembles at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, as well as on the faculty at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute.

    He has recorded for harmonia mundi, Nonesuch, AEON, BMG/RCA, Kairos, Mode, NEOS, and Cantaloupe. In 2017, he was Composer in Residence at the Grafenegg Festival; his compositions have been performed by acclaimed ensembles such as the Tonkünstler Orchester Austria and musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 2020 featured the premiere of a new piece written for Rudolf Buchbinder, premiered at the Vienna Musikverein, which Buchbinder also recorded for Deutsche Grammophon.

    Frankfurt Radio Symphony (hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt)

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    Founded in 1929 as one of the first radio symphony orchestras in Germany, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony (hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt) has been one of the leading international Mahler and Bruckner orchestras since decades and today successfully negotiates the challenges of a modern topranking orchestra. Famed for its outstanding wind section, its powerful strings and its dynamic and sophisticated playing, the orchestra of the Hessischer Rundfunk (German Public Radio of Hesse) together with its new Music Director Alain Altinoglu is associated with musical excellence but also with an interesting and varied repertoire.

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    With innovative new concert formats, highly acclaimed CD productions and digital offerings, regular appearances in music capitals such as Vienna, Salzburg, Madrid and Paris as well as regular tours to Asia, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony underlines its prominent position within the European orchestral landscape and has an outstanding reputation worldwide.

    Known for its groundbreaking world premiere recordings of the original versions of Bruckner’s symphonies and the first complete digital recording of all Mahler symphonies, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony established a tradition in the interpretation of Romantic literature, which radiated from the longtime Music Director and current Honorary Conductor Eliahu Inbal to his successors Dmitri Kitaenko and Hugh Wolff, and on to the era of today’s Conductor Laureate Paavo Järvi and to Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, who last led the orchestra for seven years with great success.

    Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piano

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    Pierre-Laurent Aimard is widely acclaimed as a key figure in the music of our time and has had close collaborations with many leading composers including György Ligeti whose complete works for piano he has recorded. He has also worked with Stockhausen, George Benjamin, and Pierre Boulez who appointed Aimard, aged 19, to become the Ensemble intercontemporain´s first solo pianist. Praised by The Guardian as “one of the best Messiaen interpreters around” Aimard has had a close association to the composer himself and with Yvonne Loriod, with whom he studied at the Paris Conservatoire.

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    In the 2021/22 season he continues to tour internationally working closely with leading orchestras and conductors. These include the Munich Philharmonic/Kent Nagano, the Philharmonia Orchestra/Pablo Heras-Casado, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra/David Afkham and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen, with whom he will record Béla Bartók’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 3.

    David Rothenberg: Philosopher

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    The philosopher and musician David Rothenberg has written and performed on the relationship between humanity and nature for many years. He is the author of Why Birds Sing, on making music with birds, also published in England, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, China, Korea, and Germany. It was turned into a feature length BBC TV documentary. His following book, Thousand Mile Song, is on making music with whales. It was turned into a film for French television. Further books include Bug Music on insects, and Nightingales in Berlin, on one very special species of bird and the humans who make music with them, which is subject to the independent documentary, Nightingales in Berlin.

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    As a composer and jazz clarinetist, Rothenberg has sixteen CDs out under his own name. He has performed or recorded with Pauline Oliveros, Peter Gabriel, Ray Phiri, Suzanne Vega, Scanner, Elliott Sharp, Umru, Iva Bittová, and the Karnataka College of Percussion.

    Rothenberg is distinguished professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.


    Event Details

    Date: May 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Time: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Venue: Philharmonie Berlin – GREAT!CLSX