Saturday, 06. March 2021, 6.00 pm
Munich, Philharmonie im Gasteig
"Where are You?", for Mezzo-soprano and Orchestra  - commissioned by musica viva and the London Symphony Orchestra | world premiere
Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum - für Bläser und Orchester
Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor
Magdalena Kožená, Mezzo-Soprano
Norbert Ommer, Sound design
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
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
PART OF THE MUSICA VIVA CONCERT SERIES
This concert is part of the musica viva concert series. Founded by the German composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann in 1945 in Munich, musica viva is still one of the world’s most famous events for future-oriented and contemporary music, where many experimental works and performances for orchestra and chamber music receive their premiere.
BRSO-concerts without live audience until april 5, 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. The orchestra’s anticipation of being able to play in front of a live audience again after Lockdown is great. Unfortunately, it is extremely unlikely that this will be possible before Easter. Therefore the BRSO has decided not to give concerts in front of a live audience up to and including April 5 (Easter Monday).