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Sunday 14. Apr. 2019, 11.00 am | Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal

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8th Philharmonic Concert

Kent Nagano

Pierre Boulez: Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Great Mass in C minor, K. 427

Dirigent: Kent Nagano
Sopran 1: Lydia Teuscher
Sopran 2: Marie-Sophie Pollak
Tenor: Julian Prégardien
Bass: Dominik Köninger
ChorWerk Ruhr
Choreinstudierung: Alexander Lüken
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg

"Rituel" – a ceremony of remembrance for Boulez’ friend Bruno Maderna, the composer and conductor. The formulas repeat themselves, yet the outlines and perspectives change; a ceremony of fading, a ritual of disappearance and survival. The Mass – ancient Christian, Catholic liturgy, maintained over the course of centuries, rediscovered and newly articulated innumerable times, with new ideas within the old. In Mozart’s classical Viennese era, it was the “realm of the intermediate” – consider the Mass in C-minor, which remained a fragment. A chapter of Mozart’s life had ended in 1782: he had left behind Salzburg, his father, dependencies and obeisance. All that is not buried, but solemnly celebrated in a festive and dramatic ceremony of the Catholic Church. The music is aquiver with life experience, and for a moment, everything else falls silent. Which experiences may have persuaded Mozart not to finish this Mass? Almost ten years later, this was repeated in the case of his Requiem.


Venue: Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg

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