Benedict Mason / Frédéric Pattar / Karlheinz Stockhausen / Lucia Ronchetti

Trombone and String Quartet, Nachtkreis-Fragment, Hombre de mucha gravedad ...

Archive 2012

Benedict Mason
Trombone and String Quartet
Quatuor à cordes n°2
Frédéric Pattar
Nachtkreis-Fragment for seven voices a cappella, text by Cécile Wajsbrot
Commissioned by the Festival d’Automne à Paris and Musik der Jahrhunderte Stuttgart
Lucia Ronchetti
Hombre de mucha gravedad for four voices and a string quartet 
Helicopters and Butterflies for solo percussion
Commissioned by Festival d’Automne à Paris
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Menschen Hört pour sextuor vocal 
(Finale scene of Mittwoch aus Licht)
Mike Svoboda, trombone
Christian Dierstein, percussion 
Quatuor Arditti
Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart
Corealisation Opéra national de Paris ; Festival d’Automne à Paris
With the partnership of the Sacem, of  Diaphonique, Franco-British funds for contemporary music and the British Council
With the support of Mécénat Musical Société Générale and Fondation Ernst von Siemens for music
France Musique will record this concert

Opulent musical theater brings sound to life on stage, a stage either imaginary or real, with a brass instrument cast in a key role for Benedict Mason’s Trombone and String Quartet, and fascinating virtuoso movements in his second String Quartet. A white shadow in the night for Nachtkreis-Fragment by Frédéric Pattar has dialogue and discord on stage. And visual inspiration for Hombre de mucha gravedad by Lucia Ronchetti inspired by the famous Velásquez painting, Las Meninas. Menschen Hört by Karlheinz Stockhausen, the last scene from Mittwoch in his grand scale opera, Licht, has a sextet of voices dramatically positioned around the audience.