Fri, June 23, 2023

 -  20h

Maison de la radio et de la musique, Studio 104

Duration: 1h30 without interlude
Program (in French)

Full: 26€ (cat 1), 10€ (cat 2)

Second appearance of Varèse's plethoric orchestra in ManiFeste: Arcana, an exhilarating, incantatory, modern and archaic work. Its shadow on today's music is immense but its performances remain exceptional because of the forces required. Two generations of female composers cohabit with Varèse: the young Iranian Aida Shirazi, who completed her studies at IRCAM, and the English artist Rebecca Saunders, who has imagined a concerto grosso with the Ensemble intercontemporain. Wound builds on an earlier work, Scar, to expand its expressive possibilities. "If you start with a scar and reopen it, you make a new and bloodier wound. Wound is not about healing, but releases acoustic images, states of great density, a space of acoustic, metaphorical, and most importantly, real freedom.

Ensemble intercontemporain
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Pascal Rophé conductor
Étienne Démoulin IRCAM electronics
Luca Bagnoli IRCAM sound diffusion

Rebecca Saunders Wound - French Premiere
commissioned by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, the Orchestre de la Suisse romande, the Ensemble intercontemporain, the Casa da Música et de Radio France
Aida Shirazi T   O     R             N - Premiere 2023
commissioned by IRCAM-Centre Pompidou and Radio France
Edgard Varèse Arcana

Coproduction IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Radio France. Concert recorded by France Musique.

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