Klangforum Wien I

Emilio Pomàrico, conductor
Music by Rebecca Saunders

Klangforum Wien is one of the leading contemporary ensembles for contemporary music. The first of its two Musikfest Berlin concerts will focus on the British composer and winner of the 2019 Siemens Music Prize, Rebecca Saunders. This performance is the prelude to a portrait of Saunders, who will be present in further concerts at the 2020 Musikfest Berlin.

Past Dates

The Klangforum’s programme in its two Musikfest Berlin concerts follows one of the main threads of this year’s festival programme: 16 works by Rebecca Saunders. In “Scar”, the composer works mainly with opposites, which in her case mean extreme contrasts. On stage, as in the compositional idea, two grand pianos occupy the centre. What happens to them is extended to and answered by an accordion, an electric guitar, percussion instruments of different kinds and a group of winds and strings. These provide the protagonists with resonances, echoes and counter-sounds, which become increasingly independent. It is a music of tentative sensitivity, on the one hand, and of eruptive sound power, on the other. In addition to the pieces “Flesh” (2018), for accordion and voice, and “Sole” (2019), for accordion, percussion and piano, a new piano piece by Rebecca Saunders will be premiered. In the second part of the concert, Klangforum Wien will unite with the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart to perform the world premiere of a new work by the Greek-French composer Georges Aperghis.

Concert Programme

Rebecca Saunders (*1967)

for solo accordion with recitation (2018)

Trio in F-sharp
for mobile accordion, percussion and piano (2019)

to an utterance – study (2020)
for solo piano
World premiere

for 15 soloists and conductor (2018/19)


Joonas Ahonen piano
Krassimir Sterev accordion

Klangforum Wien
Emilio Pomàrico conductor

Programme and cast are subject to change

The concerts dedicated to Rebecca Saunders on 4, 7 and 9 September 2020 are funded by means of the Capital City Cultural Fund and the Aventis Foundation.

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A Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin event.