The chosen composers are all kindred spirits with Beethoven – inventors and deep thinkers who have pushed musical boundaries.
Helmut Lachenmann continues the process that Beethoven began of reinventing the modern orchestra, conceiving innovative musical gestures in his 1988 Tableau.
Francesco Filidei constructs and deconstructs music in radical ways, too: his new work quotes Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto, itself performed by Pierre-Laurent Aimard in the first half of the concert.
Bernd Alois Zimmermann was born in the same region as Beethoven and was also a visionary who anticipated today’s intermixing of musical genres – his 1968 work Photoptosis quotes the Ninth Symphony.
Isabel Mundry has been specially commissioned to write music that connects these works and those of Beethoven, offering further perspectives on this journey between past, present and future.
RepertoireBeethoven: Bagatelle in C, Op.119 No.7 (Allegro, ma non troppo); Bagatelle in A minor, Op.119 No.9 (Vivace moderato); Bagatelle in A, Op.119 No.10 (Allegramente); Bagatelle in B flat, Op.119 No.11 (Andante, ma non troppo)