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Helmut Lachenmann / Gérard Pesson

Helmut Lachenmann / Gérard Pesson


    • Opéra National de Paris Bastille
      September 29
    Helmut Lachenmann
    Concertini for ensemble, 2005
    Their techniques may vary, but the music of these two iconoclastic composers betrays a shared disdain for the conventional and the complacent. Stuttgart-born Lachenmann creates situations of « ‘liberated perception’...a transformation of that with which we are familiar ». His composition for ensemble, Concertini, calls for four groups of four instrumentalists arrayed around the conductor; a string group in front; and a tuba player in back.
    Gérard Pesson
    Mes Béatitudes, 1995; Rescousse, 2004
    « An unattainable dream to contain chaos ». That is Pesson’s ultimate ambition. In Mes Béatitudes and Rescousse, Pesson bases his composition on snippets of reminiscence and musical ideas. In the former case, he alternates refrains and dance movements, while in the latter, he strings together 19 sequences inspired by multiple sources, ranging from a verse by the American poetess Susan Howe to an Indian or Greek rhythm.

    Gérard Pesson
    Mes Béatitudes
    Rescousse (marginalia) (2004), French creation
    Helmut Lachenmann
    Concertini for ensemble (2005), French creation

    Ensemble Modern
    Brad Lubman, conductor

    Collaboration with Opéra national de Paris
    With Fondation de France and Sacem's support