Concert at Jahrhunderthalle

Olivier Messiaen, Luc Ferrari, B. A. Zimmermann Sylvain Cambreling, hr-Sinfonieorchester

  • © Olivier Garros
    Luc Ferrari
    (c) Olivier Garros

Messiaen’s Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum for a large orchestra of winds and percussion was explicitly composed for very large spaces. Deep unison lines stand block like against bell and tam-tam, complex orchestrated bird voices are combined with complex Indian rhythms. And even without an awareness of the religious motifs, the confident faith in this music is direct.

With Devil’s Harmony, Ferrari begins his history of pleasure and despair and thus seems to directly respond to the hymnic certainty of belief in Messiaen. The composer, sound artist, and audio playwright became famous with musique concrète and here works with musical cells and quotations that are subjected to unnoticed transformation.

In his last composition  Ich wandte mich …  Bernd Alois Zimmermann formulates the insoluble conflict between observing the world and notions of religious salvation by confronting Dostoyevsky’s Spanish Great Inquisitor with texts from Ecclesiastes .

After last year’s performances of Helmut Lachenmann’s Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern hr-Sinfonieorchester is once again a guest at Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, now under conductor Sylvain Cambreling.


— 13. September 2014
— 2 h 15 min / intermission
— 13. September: 45 min prior to show
— 20 / 30 / 40 / 55 €
Reduced prices start at 10,00 €
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    Concert at Jahrhunderthalle on 13. September 2014 at 8.00 PM
Olivier Messiaen
Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum (1964)

Luc Ferrari
Histoire du plaisir et de la désolation (1979/81)

Bernd Alois Zimmermann
»Ich wandte mich und sah an alles Unrecht,
das geschah unter der Sonne«
Ekklesiastische Aktion (1970)

A production by Ruhrtriennale in cooperation
with the hr-Sinfonieorchester.