Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Peter Rundel

Friday, 2 October 2020 | Herkulessaal in the residency of Munich | 8 pm

Introductory talk: 6.45 pm



Yann Robin [*1974]

Art of Metal
for contrabass clarinet and ensemble [2007]
Munich premiere

Liza Lim [*1966]

Mary: Transcendence after Trauma
for orchestra [2020]
Commissioned by Bavarian Radio’s musica viva series | World premiere

Luciano Berio [1925–2003]

Voci (Folk Songs II)
for viola and two instrumental groups [1984]


Alain Billard, contrabass clarinet

Antoine Tamestit, viola

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Peter Rundel, conductor


Tickets online

about the Programme

Riches are hidden everywhere. Not riches that can be weighed in money, but priceless treasures, such as the Sicilian folk tunes that Luciano Berio includes in his musical cosmos, allowing them to be “sung” by the viola. And when the composer Yann Robin, celebrated in France as an enfant terrible, actually asks his soloist to sing or even scream into the contrabass clarinet, he unleashes energies we might expect from a heavy metal band. Art of Metal, a subtly crafted yet brutal orgy of saturated low-register sounds, turns on the potential of Alain Billard’s contrabass clarinet, an instrument made of wood, not metal. The Australian composer Liza Lim is likewise a sonic explorer who burrows deep into her material. At the same time she draws on world-spanning narratives, rituals and musical traditions in works that luxuriate like tropical rainforests. Her new orchestral trilogy is inspired by legends associated with three iconic women. It is a triptych of the Annunciation, beginning with Sappho, ending with Fatima, and centred on the sorrow and transfiguration of a Christian icon: the Virgin Mary.

the concert on the Radio

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

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