Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle
Saturday, 6 March 2021 | Philharmonic Hall in the Gasteig Munich | 6 pm
Ondřej Adámek [*1979]
Where are You?
for mezzo-soprano and orchestra 
Commissioned by Bavarian Radio’s musica viva series and London Symphony Orchestra, supported by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation | World premiere
Olivier Messiaen [1908–1992]
Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum
for woodwinds, brass and metal percussion instruments 
Magdalena Kožená, mezzo-soprano
Norbert Ommer, sound design
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor
about the Programme
Where do we come from, and where are we headed? These are the great existential questions faced by the two composers in our concert, each in a very personal situation. In 1963 organist-composer Olivier Messiaen was commissioned by the French state to write a piece commemorating the fallen in the two world wars. A devout Catholic, he trusted in the Christian promise of resurrection and discovered new musical forces in nature and in India, a culture far removed from the West. His paths in this quest cross with those of Czech composer-conductor Ondřej Adámek, whose new work, commissioned by Bavarian Radio’s Musica Viva series and the London Symphony Orchestra, confronts the at once simple and great question of God’s existence. He begins exactly where the Bible begins: his new work, written for mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená, begins and ends with the Word.
Impressions from the 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.