Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle

Saturday, 6 March 2021 | Philharmonie in the Gasteig Munich | 8 pm

Introductory talk: 6.45 pm



Ondřej Adámek [*1979]

Where are you ?
Song cycle for mezzo-soprano* and orchestra [2020]
Commissioned by Bavarian Radio’s musica viva series and London Symphony Orchestra | World premiere

György Kurtág [*1926]

Stele op. 33
for orchestra [1994]

György Ligeti [1923–2006]

for soprano, mezzo-soprano, two mixed choirs and orchestra [1963/65]


Magdalena Kožená, mezzo-soprano*

Makeda Monnet, soprano
Kate Howden, mezzo-soprano

Bavarian Radio Chorus
chorus master: Patrick Hahn / Yuval Weinberg

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor

about the Programme

Love and despair, happiness and unending tragedy: wherever life reaches its outermost limits, music too gets down to essentials. Sir Simon Rattle confronts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus with two large-scale compositions dealing with human transience. While still a young man the nondenominational Hungarian composer György Ligeti created his personal reading of the Latin Requiem, using not only dark, massive sounds but radiant beams of faith. György Kurtág, a master of the musical aphorism, also composed music of mourning with Stele, an unusually long (by his standards) yet deeply moving obituary for a deceased friend. And Ondřey Adámek, in his new song cycle, asks the question “Where are you?” To pose the question like this is to realise that one is alone. The texts of this newly commissioned work, written for mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená, bespeak an apprehension in which it hardly matters who is absent – a lover, a treasured companion, or God. Yet all three works on this programme glow with rays of hope: the hope of redemption and liberation from all things earthly and transient.

the concert on the Radio

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

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