Musikfest Berlin

The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and Jonathan Nott

The Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and Jonathan Nott are presenting two works that marked new chapters in music history: Beethoven’s unprecedentedly emotional Eroica and Edgard Varèse’s Déserts, a work that fundamentally expanded the range of sounds of music in the concert hall by using taped recordings. Pekka Kuusisto can be experienced as the soloist in György Ligeti’s varied and virtuoso Violin Concerto.

Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

Jonathan Nott Conductor

Pekka Kuusisto Violin

Paul Jeukendrup Sound Direction


Edgar Varèse

Déserts für 15 Instrumentalisten, Schlagzeuger und Tonband

György Ligeti

Violin Concerto

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Eroica

Eine Veranstaltung der Berliner Festspiele/Musikfest Berlin

Dates and Tickets

Sun, 11 Sep 2016, 11:00

Philharmonie | Introduction: 10:00


Edgard Varèse’s admiration for Beethoven has been documented in multiple ways. A photograph shows a Beethoven portrait on his desk. For him, Beethoven embodied the prototype of a modern composer. Beethoven was also the model for the title figure Jean-Christophe by Romain Rolland, who was a friend of Varèse’s. The author incorporated some of Varèse’s characteristics into his fictitious character. The world premiere of Déserts in 1954 in Paris under Hermann Scherchen was a scandal. The audience reacted with incomprehension to the audio tape recordings Varèse used to enrich his musical language. In Hamburg, however, where Déserts was performed in the same year under Bruno Maderna, the work met with great success. This time, Karlheinz Stockhausen modulated the audiotape interpolations. The fusion of exterior impulses and impressions with inner images are as applicable to Varèse’s Déserts piece as they are to Ligeti’s Concert for Violin and Orchestra. In Ligeti’s music, an amalgam of heterogeneous impressions – impressions of African music, geometry, untempered tuning systems – leads to new rhythmic constellations, harmonious colours and moulding processes.

(photo: Achim Reissner)

Musikfest Berlin 2018

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