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May 31, 2021
8 p.m.
Cologne Philharmonie Cancelled

Peter Eötvös

»Siren's Song« (2020). German premiere

Peter Eötvös

»Alhambra« Violin Concerto No. 2 (2018)

Iannis Xenakis

»Shaar« for Large String Orchestra (1983)

Edgard Varèse

»Amériques« (1922)

The great Hungarian conductor and composer Peter Eötvös takes the Gürzenich Orchestra on a fascinating journey. The song of the sirens inspired his sonic imagination for a new orchestral piece, here in its German premiere. And In his violin concerto Alhambra, the famous Moorish fortress in Southern Andalusia becomes a musical monument: Spanish and Arabic elements merge in this violin concerto, for which Isabelle Faust returns to the Gürzenich Orchestra. For Edgard Varèse, America was the focal point for a new beginning. Varèse turned his back on Europe in 1915 and paid homage to his new homeland in Amériques, a unique sound poem depicting New York when it was still marked by the industrial age, with its myriad noises, incessant traffic and masses of people. A counter-accent comes from Iannis Xenakis: with Shaar, he opens a gate through which his hero, besieged by the devil, finally manages to escape to safety.

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