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musica viva The new 2013/14 Season

13 new works will be given their world premières in the coming season - compositioms created especially on dommission from musica viva. Highlights of the 2013/2014 season also include a musica viva week-end in February 2014.

Published at: 2-10-2013 | Archiv

musica viva Vorschau 2013/14 | Picture: fec-lmn berlin

They come from the USA, from Hungary, from Switzerland and Turkey, from The Czech Republic, Austria, Cuba, Italy, France and Germany. They were born in Stuttgart, Halle (Salle), in Torteron and Tulle, in Clarecastle, Codogno and Palermo, in Havana, Graz, Prague, Istanbul, Székelyudvarhley, in Schaffhausen, Greeley and New York. The youngest were born in 1979; the oldest of the group, born in 1926, died in 1987.

13 commissioned compositions

Most of them will be in attendance when their works are presented during the 2013/14 season. Among these arrangements will be 13 new compositions written especially for musica viva: premiers of works by Gérard Pesson, Philippe Manoury, Gerald Barry, Jorge E. López, Aureliano Cattaneo, Beat Furrer, Helmut Lachenmann, Atac Sezer, Martin Smolka, Georg Friedrich Haas, Tom Johnson, Klaus Lang und Nicolaus Richter de Vroe. These will be complemented by two German premiers of music by Ondřej Adámek, John Zorn as well as other pieces by Morton Feldman, Peter Eötvös and Salvatore Sciarrino.

Another featured artist in 2013/14: Péter Eötvös. He will be celebrating his 70th birthday this season.

There will be compositions for orchestra both with and without choir, for various ensembles, for voice, flute or violin and orchestra, for piano or two pianos with orchestra, for orchestra with eight horns, for solo zither and orchestra, for four alphorns and orchestra, for string quartet with and without electronics, and for double string trio and string sextet.

The performances will be brought to you by the best artists and performers of contemporary music: 19 soloists such as Nicolas Hodges, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the Piano Duo GrauSchumacher, conductors such as Peter Eötvös, Beat Furrer, Johannes Kallitzke, Brad Lubman, Susanna Mälkki and Peter Rundel, the Quatuor Diotima, IRCAM from Paris, the ChorWerk Ruhr, the Trio Coriolis, and of course the Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

musica viva week-end

From the 7th to the 9th of February, 2014, a cluster of performances will provide a virtual musica viva weekend festival beginning on Friday with a Klangforum Wien concert and premiers of compositions by both Cattaneo and Furrer.

A Saturday concert will be given by the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Peter Eötvös' direction, who will be conducting his Second Violin Concerto and the premier of Lachenmann’s new Concerto for 8 Horns and Orchestra. Finally, the Sunday matinee performance will feature the soloists of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, for whom Atac Sezer und Martin Smolka have written new pieces.

Incidentally, a few of the composers featured during the musica viva 2013/14 season are celebrating milestone birthdays: Peter Eötvös is turning 70, Beat Furrer, Georg Friedrich Haas and John Zorn will be 60, and Aureliano Cattaneo 40. – Happy Birthday!


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