Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Peter Ruzicka

in honour of Peter RUZICKA

Friday, 5 October 2018 | Herkulessaal der Residenz | 8.00 pm

Introductory talk: 6.45 pm


Peter Ruzicka © Astrid Ackermann
Peter Ruzicka

Peter Ruzicka [*1948]

Five Fragments [1984/87]
for orchestra

Loop [2017]
for trumpet (flugelhorn), piccolo trumpet and orchestra
Commissioned by Bavarian Radio’s musica viva series | World première

… Inseln, randlos … [1994-95]
for violin, chamber chorus and orchestra

Flucht [2014]
Six passages for large orchestra



Carolin Widmann, violin
Sergei Nakariakov, trumpet
Giuliano Sommerhalder, piccolo trumpet
Vocalconsort Berlin, Ralf Sochaczewsky; rehearsal conductor
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra)
Peter Ruzicka, conductor

About the programme

Paul Celan, Friedrich Hölderlin, Walter Benjamin: these are the three great lodestars in the creative work of Peter Ruzicka. They are also something akin to his soul-mates. Not only did he devote full-length theatre pieces to all three of them, they also inspired many of his instrumental works. But Ruzicka never sought to retell the lives of these three men so much as to make their unique artistic personas visible and audible with all their traumas and contradictions. His orchestral work Fünf Bruchstücke (Five fragments), for example, draws on the fragmentary character of Hölderlin’s late lyric poetry, while … Inseln (Islands), for violin, chorus and orchestra, encircles the cosmos of the Jewish poet Paul Celan. With Flucht (Flight), an orchestral piece of 2014, Ruzicka embarked on a journey into the inner workings of the philosopher Walter Benjamin, leading to the opera Benjamin of that same year. All three pieces find Ruzicka standing at the conductor’s desk of the Bavarian RSO. Joined by trumpeters Sergey Nakariakov and Giuliano Sommerhalder, they will also give the world première of his most recent work, Loop, for trumpet, piccolo trumpet and orchestra.

The concert on the radio

BR-Klassik is broadcasting this concert on the radio at 20:05 on 23 October.

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