Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO)

Enno Poppe, conductor
Webern | Saunders

Rebecca Saunders and Anton Webern – one of the most interesting sound artists of our time meets this Modernist classic and its precise minimalism. The Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra conducted by Enno Poppe focuses on this auspicious combination at the Musikfest Berlin.

Rebecca Saunders

Rebecca Saunders

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The Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) is guaranteed to be a unique experience. In this temporary melting pot, outstanding young instrumentalists from all over the world meet the best conductors and, at the same time, new compositions and milestones of the avant-garde. The orchestra’s formation varies each festival year – but what you can count on is the extraordinary quality and charisma of this ever-changing orchestra, which continues to leave its mark on the music world. At the Musikfest Berlin, Enno Poppe will conduct the orchestra. Just as pianist Nicolas Hodges and percussion soloists Dirk Rothbrust and Christian Dierstein, he is one of the most renowned and passionate interpreters of the contemporary repertoire.

With the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) and Nicolas Hodges, Enno Poppe will premiere the Piano Concerto by Rebecca Saunders. The Berlin-based British composer is known for her power of imagination and a particularly intense and productive collaboration with those who perform her works. She also breaks new tonal ground with her celebrated concerto for both solo percussionists and orchestra. Juxtaposing her works with the music of Anton Webern – a classic among modern composers – promises exciting changes of perspective.

Concert Programme

Rebecca Saunders
void (2013/14)
for percussion duo and orchestra

Anton Webern
Variationen für Orchester op. 30 (1940)

Anton Webern (1883 – 1945)
Symphonie op. 21 (1927/28)

Rebecca Saunders (*1967)
to an utterance (2020)
for piano and orchestra
Roche Commission for the Lucerne Festival
German premiere

The guest performance of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra is a continuation of the Rebecca Saunders Portrait 2020, funded by the Capital Cultural Fund.

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