Friday, 03. December 2021, 8.00 pm
Munich, Herkulessaal


Minas Bourbodakis
"sparks, waves and horizons" (commissioned by musica viva, world premiere)

Francesca Verunelli
"Accord, chord and tune" for acordion and orchestra (commissioned by musica viva, world premiere)


Iannis Xenakis
"Ais" for baritone, percussion and orchestra

Franck Ollu, Conductor

Krassimir Sterev, Akkordeon

Dirk Rothbrust, Percussion

Georg Nigl, Baritone

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks


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This concert is part of the musica viva concert series – one of the world’s most important forums for contemporary music. This forward-looking concert series presents new orchestral and ensemble works as well as advanced chamber music compositions of experimental character at the highest level.

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About the programme

This danse macabre by Iannis Xenakis calls for extraordinary soloists. Premièred at musica viva in 1980, it requires its performers to submit utterly to extreme situations. Now this visionary work will receive a new interpretation from two exceptional musicians: baritone Georg Nigl and percussionist Dirk Rothbrust. Another highly impressive figure on the contemporary scene is the accordionist Krassimir Sterev, for whom the Italian composer Francesca Verunelli has written a new concerto. Minas Borboudakis, on the other hand, releases the primal forces of the orchestra. This Munich-based composer was born on Crete and is familiar with the power and the movements of the sea. In his new work, commissioned for the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, he yields to the waves, toying with contrasts between fluidity and solidity, with transitions between noise and sound. Water, like music, can unleash unimagined forces.

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