Olga Neuwirth. Photo: Harald Hoffmann
Baldur Brönnimann. Foto: Eivind Senneset
Andrew Watts. Foto: Sarah Hickson
Joakim Agnas. Foto: Mats Lundqvist
Medlemmar ur Kungliga Filharmonikerna. Foto: Mats Lundqvist
Composer Festival Opening – Clocks Without Hands
Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth is one of the major stars of contemporary classical music.
Thursday 24 November 2022 19.00Ends approximately 21.00
Her music includes traces of Stravinsky, Monteverdi, jazz, pop and hip-hop. But its roots reach all the way back to Gustav Mahler, Alban Berg and Arnold Schoenberg. She is also particularly inspired by visual arts, performance and installation art, literature, theatre and film. It all merges in her music into something entirely new, personal, and infused with a contemporary sound. When her opera Orlando had its world premiere at the Vienna State Opera in October 2019 it was the first time an opera by a female composer was performed on that historic stage.
With celesta, a chorus of violins and a richly armed percussion section, Olga Neuwirth teases out surprising effects from the orchestra in Clinamen/Nodus. It was commissioned in honour of the 75th birthday of Pierre Boulez. He conducted the world premiere himself in London in 2000.
Keyframes for a Hippogriff – Musical Calligrams in memoriam Hester Diamond is a tribute to American art collector Hester Diamond and simultaneously conveys her great interest in film technique. Keyframes are the drawings in computer-animated movies that define the start and end of a smooth movement.
EVVIVA! is a tribute piece dedicated to the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, commissioned by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra for the academy’s 250th anniversary in 2021.
Masaot/Clocks without Hands was also commissioned in celebration of a composer, this time by the Vienna Philharmonic in honour of the 100-year anniversary of the death of Gustav Mahler. The music is a poetic reflection on time and how memories fade and are re-created. An enormous tapestry of sound unleashes exuberant music from the Balkans, but with a different, peculiar atmosphere.
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The musicApproximate times
Olga Neuwirth Laki for trumpet solo8 min
Olga Neuwirth coronAtion V: Spraying Sounds of Hope5 min
Olga Neuwirth Dreydl11 min
Olga Neuwirth Masaot/Clocks without Hands20 min
Olga Neuwirth EVVIVA! – For the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music (World Premiere of commissioned work by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra)5 min
Olga Neuwirth Keyframes for a Hippogriff - Musical Calligrams in memoriam Hester Diamond29 min
- Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
- Baldur Brönnimann conductor
- Andrew Watts countertenor
- Joakim Agnas trumpet
- The Stockholm Boys’ Choir