Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra with Johannes Kalitzke

Friday, 19 June 2020 | Herkulessaal in the residency of Munich | 7 pm

Please note that the concert begins at 7 pm.

Introductory talk: 5.45 pm



philippe manoury [*1952]

for orchestra [2019/20]
Commissioned by Casa da Música Porto and Bavarian Radio’s musica viva series
German première

Milica Djordjević [*1984]

Mit o ptici
for chorus and orchestra [2019/20]
Commissioned by Bavarian Radio’s musica viva series | World première

Luc Ferrari [1929–2005]

Histoire du Plaisir et de la Désolation
for orchestra [1979-81]


Bavarian Radio Chorus
Peter Dijkstra, chorus master
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Johannes Kalitzke, conductor


Tickets online



about the Programme

Is “philharmonic” a dirty word? When Philippe Manoury abandons the hierarchical codes that determine who is allowed to sit where in the orchestra, he roundly rejects of the social orders of classical-romantic music. To him, the symphony orchestra is not an historical monument. And yet, the way he reorganises the sonic landscape of this newly commissioned piece for Porto and Munich betrays great solicitude and love for the symphonic apparatus. Where Luc Ferrari rapturously invites the devil into the orchestra, Milica Djordjević, in her work commissioned for the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, plunges deep into the literary universe of the Yugoslav writer Mika Antić: “My entire life was possessed by desires / To have a bird different from all the others.” Djordjević, a Berlin-based Serbian composer, works with motifs from the ornithological myths of this writer, mariner and puppeteer who died far before his time, a man who probed “heights and depths, brightness and gloom, big questions, small miracles, and everything in between”.

the concert on the radio

BR-Klassik will broadcast a live recording of the concert on radio. Broadcast date to be announced.