Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle

Saturday, 6 March 2021 | Herkulessaal of the Residency Munich | 9.30 pm

Radio broadcast

The concert recording will be broadcast by BR-KLASSIK on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, starting at 8.05 pm on the radio.

To the broadcast

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Sir Simon Rattle, Georg Friedrich Haas © LMN Berlin
Programme

Henry Purcell [1659–1695]

Funeral music of Queen Mary
for chorus and instrumentalists

Georg Friedrich Haas [*1953]

in vain
for 24 instruments [2000]
Munich premiere


performers

Zoro Babel, light design

Bavarian Radio Chorus
chorus master: Howard Arman
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
rehearsal conductor: Duncan Ward
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor


about the Programme

At the end of the 17th century Henry Purcell, the organist of the Chapel Royal, was given the task of writing a funeral piece for the recently deceased young Queen Mary II, a piece capable of doing justice both to the political ramifications of this event and to the feelings of the mourning nation. Is it absurd if Sir Simon Rattle proclaims precisely this work to be a masterpiece of the 21st century, a work that pursues no other aim than to express in sound the vanity and ephemerality of existence? But there is more: Georg Friedrich Haas, with in vain, has created an extravagant, even excessive composition that adheres to no standards or norms. He leads us through day and night, through heights and depths, through extremely slow and maniacally fast soundscapes, but always inscribing a circle. Every earthly effort is doomed to failure, but what a failure it is! Experiences of lowliness and sublimity lie close together in this timeless hour. The music unites the urge to overwhelm with extreme moments of motionlessness. As in the Baroque Era, but with modern-day resources, Georg Friedrich Haas has fashioned a piece that reminds us how tiny the human being is – and how beautiful music can be.

Concert Photos
Sir Simon Rattle © Astrid Ackermann
Sir Simon Rattle conducts Henry Purcell's Funeral music of Queen Mary
BR-Chor mit Sir Simon Rattle © Astrid Ackermann
Performance of Henry Purcell's Funeral music of Queen Mary at the Herkulessaal in Munich
Sir Simon Rattle © Astrid Ackermann
Sir Simon Rattle during Henry Purcell's Funeral music of Queen Mary
BR-Chor mit Sir Simon Rattle © Astrid Ackermann
Singers from the Bavarian Radio Chorus
BR-Chor mit Sir Simon Rattle © Astrid Ackermann
Funeral music of Queen Mary by Henry Purcell with the BR Chorus and Sir Simon Rattle
BRSO mit Sir Simon Rattle © Astrid Ackermann
Sir Simon Rattle conducts in vain by Georg Friedrich Haas for 24 instruments
Christian Pilz © Astrid Ackermann
Christian Pilz from the BRSO
Giovanni Menna © Astrid Ackermann
BRSO viola player Giovanni Menna
Sir Simon Rattle © Astrid Ackermann
Sir Simon Rattle conducts in vain by Georg Friedrich Haas
Magdalena Hoffmann © Astrid Ackermann
Harpist of the BRSO Magdalena Hoffmann
Impressions from the rehearsals
Sir Simon Rattle © Astrid Ackermann
Sir Simon Rattle during the rehearsals of Georg Friedrich Haas' in vain.
Sir Simon Rattle © Astrid Ackermann
Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
BRSO © Astrid Ackermann
Musicians of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Duncan Ward © Astrid Ackermann
Duncan Ward rehearsing Georg Friedrich Haas' composition in vain.
BRSO © Astrid Ackermann
BRSO cellist Hanno Simons
BRSO © Astrid Ackermann
Accordionist Konstantin Ischenko
Sir Simon Rattle © Astrid Ackermann
Sir Simon Rattle during rehearsals

NO LIVE AUDIENCE until March 28, 2021

On March 3, 2021, the Federal Chancellor and the heads of government of the federal states decided to extend the lockdown until March 28, 2021, among other measures to contain the corona pandemic. On this basis, the Bayerischer Rundfunk is forced to cancel the concerts of its orchestras, choir and musica viva with live audience until March 28, 2021.

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