Epilog – Gérard Grisey
Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and Ensemble Modern come together to perform Gérard Grisey’s magnum opus, a work of compositional stringency and technical complexity, intended to systematically explore the interior of sounds in their own environment, the acoustic space.
For eleven years, Gérard Grisey – a pioneer of “Musique spectrale” who died in 1998 at the age of just 52 –was working on his major oeuvre, “Les espaces acoustiques”: a six-part cycle of instrumental compositions that unfolds over a duration of more than 90 minutes, systematically expanding and exploring the acoustic space from a solo piece to large orchestra. Structurally stringent and technically complex, Grisey’s “Les espaces acoustiques” accomplishes a captivating synthesis of abstraction and sensuality, realizing Grisey’s vision of music as a “dialectics between ecstasy and form”. As a satellite to its 2020 edition and in conjunction with the Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker, MaerzMusik presents this compelling piece of sonic architecture in an extraordinary cast: Sylvain Cambreling, one of the composer’s best connoisseurs, will be conducting the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and the Ensemble Modern, unifying the two ensembles into a grand single body of sound.
Les espaces acoustiques (1974 – 1985)
pour alto seul (1976)
pour 7 musiciens (1974)
pour 18 musiciens (1975)
pour 33 musiciens (1976)
pour grand orchestre (1980-1981)
pour quatre cors et grand orchestre (1985)