SATURDAY, 19 NOVEMBER 2016, 7PM
SPACE & SOUND – SPACE MUSIC
THREE ORCHESTRAS THREE CONDUCTORS THREE SOLOISTS
SUNDAY, 20 NOVEMBER 2016, 8PM
90 YEARS OF NEW MUSIC
OSTRAVSKÁ BANDA SOLOISTS
The concerts provide a showcase of the highest achievements of Ostrava Center for New Music and its co-operation with Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, Ostravská Banda and a variety of soloists, conductors and composers.
Both evenings represent an extraordinary event: they do not include a single composition that the listeners could encounter during an ordinary concert season of renowned orchestras, not just in Prague, but worldwide. The concert for three orchestras is especially unique, not merely because it requires a space that allows semi-circular distribution of the orchestras, but also because of the difficult task of co-ordinating and synchronizing three conductors. Simply put, such an event exceeds the capacity of most ensembles and production companies. Additionally, the demanding character of Stockhausens Gruppen (three orchestras, three conductors, soloists and 112 musicians) means that the composition is only performed very rarely and each and every opportunity to hear it live is a treat.
It is worth pointing out that Bergs Kammerkonzert for piano, violin and 13 winds (Archa Theater, 20 November) is also very rarely performed, especially because the demands it makes on the soloists (Daan Vandewalle, Hana Kotková), the orchestra and the conductor (Johannes Kalitzke). Performances of Bergs music are not infrequent, but this particular concerto is a notable exception.
Saturday, 19 November, 7PM
Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava
Stonava Miners Brass Band
Daan Vandewalle, piano
Johannes Öllinger, guitar
Milan Osadský, accordion
Petr Kotík, Johannes Kalitzke, Rolf Gupta, conductors
Phill Niblock: Three Petals (2014)
Jacek Sotomski: beautiful to me. ah (2014)
Petr Kotík: Variations for Three Orchestras (2002-05)
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Gesang der Jünglinge – electronic composition (1955-56)
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Gruppen (1955-57)
John Cage: Atlas Eclipticalis (1961)
performed simultaneously with Winter Music (1957) for piano and with the music of Stonava Miners Brass Band
Featuring both Gruppen (1957) and the electronic piece Gesang der Jünglinge (1955-56) back-to-back is an unprecedented choice. There is, however, musical continuity between the two compositions: the quadrophonic Gesang der Jünglinge saw Stockhausen testing and employing, for the first time, the idea of “music in space” that would find its radical expression in Gruppen.
Prague audience will also get its first opportunity to attend simultaneous performance of John Cages Atlas Eclipticalis (1961) for 86 soloists and his Winter Music (1960) for solo piano, the way the composer himself used to perform the combination with the pianist David Tudor. In keeping with Cage’s concept, his music will also feature an embedded performance by Stonava Miners Brass Band.
Phill Niblocks and Petr Kotíks compositions for three orchestras both reflect Ostrava Center for New Musics lasting preoccupation with spatial compositions: let us recall the legendary concert at Prague Spring in 1999, which included works by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Alvin Lucier, Earle Brown and Giovanni Gabrieli.
The inclusion of Polish composer Jacek Sotomskis (*1987) piece for two orchestras and a soloist situated in the center is representative of Ostrava Center for New Musics strategy of performing works by the youngest generation of composers.
Sunday, 20 November, 8PM
Ostravská Banda (international chamber orchestra)
Hana Kotková, violin
Daan Vandewalle, piano
Johannes Kalitzke, Petr Kotík, conductors
Christian Wolff: Trust (2012)
Alban Berg: Kammerkonzert (1923-25)
for piano, violin and 13 winds
Petr Kotík: Nine+1 (2013)
Salvatore Sciarrino: Allegoria della note (1985)
for violin and orchestra
Ostravská Banda, one of the leading chamber orchestras on the “new music” scene, returns to Prague after three years. Beside the ensembles co-founder Petr Kotík, Banda will also perform under Johannes Kalitzke, one of the most sought-after “new music” conductors in the world. For a long time, Kalitzke led the musikFabrik ensemble in Cologne, which he co-founded; nowadays, he is one of the principal conductors with Klangforum Wien, ensemble recherche and others. Since 2011, he has regularly taken on conducting duties with Ostravská Banda and Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava.
Hana Kotková and Daan Vandewalle first met at the Ostrava Days festival, and it is on the initiative of the two soloists that the forty-minute double concerto has been incorporated into Ostravská Banda’s repertoire. Alban Bergs Kammerkonzert is one of the most demanding compositions of the 20th century and the composer dedicated it to Arnold Schönberg on the occasion of Schönbergs 50th birthday.
Christian Wolffs Trust and Petr Kotíks Nine+1 were both composed for Ostravská Bandas concert in Köln in 2013, which took place as part of Westdeutscher Rundfunks “Ensemble Europa” concert series and was also broadcast live.
Salvatore Sciarrinos Allegoria della notte (1985) is a concerto for violin and chamber orchestra; Hana Knotková first played it at Ostrava Days 2015. Sciarrino is the greatest “star” of contemporary classical music; since 2009, Ostravská Banda has been the only orchestra in the Czech Republic to systematically engage with his oeuvre, performing not just his orchestral compositions, but also three of the composers operas.
Organized by Ostrava Center for New Music in co-operation with Ostrovy s.r.o., Forum Karlín and Archa Theater.
The project has received support from the Czech Republic Ministry of Culture, Statutory City of Ostrava, Goethe Institut Prag and German embassy in Prague.
Main media partners: Český rozhlas Vltava, Unijazz
Media partners: Opera Plus, HIS Voice, Fullmoon, Harmonie, Art & Antiques, Headliner, Radio 1
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