bavarian radio symphony orchestra with Brad Lubman

Friday, 6 November 2020 | Herkulessaal in the residency of Munich | 8 pm

Introductory talk: 6.45 pm



Minas Borboudakis [*1974]

New Work
for orchestra [2020]
Commissioned by Bavarian Radio’s musica viva series | World premiere

Isabel Mundry [*1963]

for viola and orchestra [2020]
Commissioned by Suntory Holdings Limited for the international composition program 2020 of the Suntory Hall and by Bavarian Radio’s musica viva series | European premiere

Tristan Murail [*1947]

Le Partage des Eaux
for large orchestra [1995]


Nils Mönkemeyer, viola

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Brad Lubman, conductor


Tickets online

about the Programme

It’s darker and warmer than the violin, less agile but closer to the human voice: the viola. For over 100 years composers have felt a growing attraction to this instrument. In her new concerto, Gesture, Isabel Mundry invokes the primeval forms of musical communication. Her piece is a meditation on the phenomenon of the gesture: the soloist and the orchestra “work with figures that are less finished entities than fugitive moments, half aligned on something else, half self-contained”. Tristan Murail, in Partage des Eaux, has eavesdropped on the primeval sounds of water. Searching “for an orchestral sound that is at once new and beholden to the age of great orchestration”, he has analysed the noises and melodies of waves and transferred them to the orchestra. Minas Boroudakis, a composer born on Crete and familiar with the power and motion of the sea, likewise submits to waves in his new work for the BRSO. This Munich-based musician plays with contrasts between fluid and solid, with transitions between noise and sound. Water can unleash undreamt-of forces – as can music itself.

the concert on the Radio

BR-Klassik is broadcasting this concert on the radio at 20:05 on 17 November 2020.

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