Insurmountable but not unbridgeable: that describes the differences between heaven and earth, man and woman, nature and mankind. Isang Yun deals with a highly philosophical theme in his chamber music work Distanzen. The Scharoun Ensemble Berlin, who premiered the work as part of the Berlin Festwochen in 1988, is placing it at the beginning of their concert to commemorate the composer, who would have turned 100 in September 2017. The Philharmonic chamber music group feels a particular affinity with Isang Yun. Until his death in 1995 there was a lively artistic exchange between the Korean living in Berlin and the ensemble members, and he conveyed to them the particular spiritual qualities of his music.
Swiss Michael Jarrell adopts a relatively pragmatic approach in his flute concerto ...un temps de silence...: “I wanted to make the different types of silence audible,” the composer says. To do so it is primarily necessary to shape the musical context. “The silence after a single chord is not the same as after a cascade of tones.” The flute concerto was composed for Emmanuel Pahud, principal flutist of the Berlin Philharmonic, and he premiered it with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in 2007. This will be the first time the work is heard in the version for chamber ensemble. The programme wraps up with Franz Schubert’s famous octet in F major, characterised by a folksy, dance-like style and song-like melodic writing. At the same time, however, this chamber music composition also has symphonic dimensions due to its subtly interwoven motivic and thematic web of relationships.