musica viva vol. 38 – ONDŘEJ ADÁMEK
The CD NR. 38 by BR-KLASSIK and musica viva presents Ondřej Adámek's compositions Where are You? und Follow me with Magdalena Kožená, Isabelle Faust and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, conducted by Peter Rundel and Sir Simon Rattle.
Born in Prague in 1979, the composer, conductor and chorus master Ondřej Adámek, who studied in his Czech hometown and in Paris, has already won numerous prestigious awards for his orchestral, chamber, vocal and electro-acoustic music. In his musical language, which also repeatedly incorporates elements of distant cultures, Adámek creates unusual musical narratives. He seeks the authenticity of his interpretations by combining voices and movements, gestures and theatricality, phonetic and semantic aspects, and his own specially developed musical instruments.
As a commission for Bavarian Radio’s musica viva, Adámek wrote his piece Follow me for the violinist Isabelle Faust, one of the most virtuosic and at the same time most subtle violinists of our time, and the work received its world premiere on December 15, 2017 in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz. (Composition commissioned by Bavarian Radio’s musica viva, the Friends of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra e.V., the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Festival Musica Strasbourg). The melodies in Adámek’s three-movement Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (2016/17) are divided between the soloist and the orchestra along the lines of the late medieval hocket technique, whereby the composer seeks to connect a single individual with a (human) crowd.
Adámek received the commission for Where are You? for mezzo-soprano and orchestra (2020) from Bavarian Radio’s musica viva and the London Symphony Orchestra, supported by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation. The premiere on March 6, 2021 at the Philharmonie im Gasteig – with Magdalena Kožená and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Simon Rattle, the world-class orchestra’s future principal conductor – was an outstanding event in Munich’s concert programme this year. In the eleven-part, approximately 35-minute-long kaleidoscope of sound, dominated by constant motoric movement – ranging from everyday sounds such as the monotonous ticking of a clock to the sweeping, electrifyingly rhythmic pounding of the orchestra tutti – the composer embarks on a search for the human (“Where do we come from and where are we going?”) and the divine.
The CD edition of the Bavarian Radio concert series “musica viva”, launched in 2000, has been continued together with BR-KLASSIK since 2020. All the CDs feature live recordings made at musica viva concerts with the Chor & Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks as well as renowned soloists. The premieres of Ondřej Adámek’s Where are You? and Follow me were distinctive for their excellent casts, featuring stars such as Magdalena Kožená, Isabelle Faust and Simon Rattle. The BR-KLASSIK portrait CD is due to be released on January 21, 2022.
Isabelle Faust, violin
Peter Rundel, conductor
Where are You?
Magdalena Kožená, mezzo soprano
Simon Rattle, conductor
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
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Product Number: 900638
Total Time: 61’01 min.
- World premieres of commissioned compositions by Bavarian Radio’s musica viva
- Live recording of the world premiere of Adámek’s violin concerto Follow me on December 15, 2017 from the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz with soloist Isabelle Faust, one of the most virtuosic and subtle violinists of our time
- Live recording of the world premiere of Adámek’s Where are You? on March 6, 2021 from the Philharmonie im Gasteig with mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, conducted by Simon Rattle