Global Concert Hall
About this event
Musical affinities in four chapters: this could be the subtitle for the third performance of the Collegium Novum Zurich in IDAGIO’s Global Concert Hall. The highlight of this dazzling concert programme full of intuitively perceptible cross-references is the world premiere of Himmel by the young Swedish-German composer Lisa Streich: an atmospheric work of fragile beauty.
More than 100 years ago, when the rules of well-trodden tonality collapsed, Claude Debussy broke new ground. He felt academic conventions to be burdensome fetters, and yet his music draws its strength from tradition. His Images for piano, which are not so much a cycle as three separate imaginative sound pictures, run through the concert like intermezzi between contemporary masterpieces by Lisa Streich, Pierre Boulez and György Ligeti. The fascinating thing about the montage-like interweaving of the works is that one can perceive the familiar in a new light, whereas the new might turn out to be already known. The artistic director of the CNZ will tell us what the affinities are in each case between the respective pairs of works. The programme also features the first-ever presentation of a short film portrait about Lisa Streich (during the interval) – an intimate glimpse into the composer's workshop.
At the beginning of the concert, Jean-Philippe Rameau will be honoured with two contemporary harpsichord pieces by Gérard Pesson. Rameau, French composer of the Ancien Régime, was also Debussy's spiritual godfather, as can be heard in the middle movement of his ingenious late style Sonata for flute, viola and harp. A concert full of varied music – without homesickness for lost paradise, but radically present-orientated, and thus radiating a certain optimism for the future.
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This stream is available to watch until June 10, 2021.
Collegium Novum Zürich
Elena Schwarz, conductor
Gilles Grimaître, harpsichord
Susanne Peters, flute
Stefan Wirth, piano
1. Concert – approx. 100 min programme
1. Gérard Pesson: «Tombeau de Rameau» for harpsichord
I. «L’Examinante». Prélude non mesuré
VI. «La Fracassante». Toccata
2. Claude Debussy: «Images I» for piano
I. «Reflets dans l’eau»
3. Claude Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp L 145 (137)
II. Interlude. Tempo di Minuetto
4. Lisa Streich: «Himmel» for large ensemble – world premiere
(Commissioned by the Collegium Novum Zürich, supported by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation)
5. Claude Debussy: «Images I» for piano
II. «Hommage à Rameau»
6. Pierre Boulez: «Mémoriale» for flute and eight instrumentalists
7. Claude Debussy: «Images I» for piano
8. György Ligeti: Chamber Concerto for 13 instrumentalists
The concert will be streamed LIVE from Tonhalle Maag, Zurich, Switzerland.
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