György Ligeti was one of the musical beacons of the post-war avant-garde. Curious, adventurous, often humorous, he explored new, unexpected worlds. To open the Biennale of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Harding, standing in for Kirill Petrenko, conducts two key works by Ligeti, Atmosphères and Lontano, whose shimmering sound masses are typical of the composer’s style. In this concert, they are mirrored by three musical depictions of the sea: Claude Debussy‘s impressionistic sound painting La Mer, Jean Sibelius‘ dazzling tone poem Oceanides and Benjamin Britten‘s evocative Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes.
Daniel Harding conductor (replacing Kirill Petrenko)
The Oceanides, op.73
Lontano for large orchestra
Peter Grimes, op. 33a: Four Sea Interludes