Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Brad Lubman

Concert on 27 March was cancelled!
The Bavarian government decided that events with more than 1,000 visitors should not take place in Bavaria. The decision will initially apply until April 19, 2020. BR cancelled all concerts during this period.

Friday, 27 March 2020 | Herkulessaal in the residency of Munich | 8 pm

Introductory talk: 6.45 pm


John Adams, Bernhard Lang und Louis Andriessen © LMN

Louis Andriessen [*1939]

for orchestra [2013]

Bernhard Lang [*1957]

Monadologie XXXIX
for violin and orchestra [2019]
Commissioned by Bavarian Radio’s musica viva series | World première

John Adams [*1947]

Grand Pianola Music
for two pianos, orchestra and three female voice parts [1981]


Trio Mediæval
Anna Maria Friman
Linn Andrea Fuglseth
Jorunn Lovise Husan

Ilya Gringolts, violin

GrauSchumacher Piano Duo
Andreas Grau and Götz Schumacher, piano

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Brad Lubman, conductor


Please note that this concert is not on sale until further notice.



about the Programme

It sounds like science fiction: granulator and cellular automata generate the music of the future from snippets of music history. The Austrian composer Bernhard Lang works with algorithms in his “hyper-virtuosic clockwork textures”. Now music viva has commissioned him to write a violin concerto that chases Ilya Gringolts through the dust of history, extracted from works ranging from Bach to Ligeti. In this brave new world, a world fractured and crumbling, even mistakes have a raison d’être. It is no accident that the aesthetic of mechanical imperfection has found its way into music history precisely in the Digital Age.  As far back as 1981 John Adams proclaimed the “glitch” to be the keystone of his Double Concerto. Minimally shifted piano parts generate the constant backdrop of a digital playback error against which Adams wallows in clichés – not in order to jolt the avant-garde, but “just for the fun of it”. That the Dutch composer Louis Andriessen waited so long before turning to the orchestra has something to do with this jolt. After rebelling against ossified structures in the 1960s, he has finally allowed the ensemble to glow enigmatically in Mysteriën while proceeding as ever on his search for “a better world”.

the concert on the radio

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

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