Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

A concert with works by Zuidam, Varèse, Ockeghem, Stravinsky and Ligeti

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    (c) Anne Dokter

To conclude the festival, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, one of the best orchestras today, will perform György Ligeti’s monumental Requiem at Bochum’s Jahrhunderthalle under the direction of Jonathan Nott.

The concert will open with the powerful Trance Dance from 1996 by Dutch composer Robert Zuidam, a work full of ecstatic outbreaks and rhythmic energy. A similar energy defines Edgar Varèse’s Arcana from 1927, in which the physicality and intensity of the orchestra sound is exploited to the fullest in terms of timbre and dynamics. 

The second part of the concert will open with two vocal works: the polyphonic, late medieval a-capella Missa Prolationum by Flemish composer Johannes Ockeghem, composed in the late fifteenth century, and Igor Stravinksy’s brief Zvesdolikiy (Le Roi des Etoiles) for male chorus and orchestra from 1911 / 1912, dedicated to Claude Debussy.

The evening will conclude with Ligeti’s Requiem, the first part of which became famous in Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Ligeti’s four-part Requiem is not liturgically conceived, but takes its orientation from the descriptions of trepidation, fear of death, and apocalypse in the classical requiem text. The often static-seeming sound surfaces conceals a polyphony schooled in Ockeghem that is the motor of unnoticed transformation. In the middle movement, Dies Irae, the music reaches a climax of dramatic contrasts and complex condensations that reproduce the jagged architecture of the text’s apocalyptic images.


— 28. September 2014
— ca. 2 h / intermission
— 28. September: 45 min prior to show
— 20 / 45 / 65 / 80 €
Reduced prices start at 10,00 €


Robert Zuidam
Trance Dance (1996)

Edgard Varèse
Arcana (1925 - 1927 / 1960)

Igor Strawinsky
Zvesdolikiy (1911/1912)

Johannes Ockeghem
Missa prolationum (nach 1450): Kyrie

György Ligeti
Requiem (1962 - 1965)

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With the friendly support of Stiftung Pro Bochum.

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