It was the shocking impact of hearing three specific pieces of music that compelled French conductor Pascal Rophé to find his calling: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Le marteau sans maître, a piece by Pierre Boulez. On this occasion, he'll be putting his passion and innovative spirit on display by way of contemporary Spanish composers.Multiple award-winning Basque composer Ramon Lazkano hails from San Sebastian, which is also a regular destination for the Budapest Festival Orchestra. His Eriden (1997/98), to be performed at the concert, consists of two utterly contrasting parts. The first is dense and agile, with frequent tempo changes that build up to extremes. The second, on the other hand, is uniform and placid, with much silence. This duality also resonates in the work's title, which is the Basque word for both "to find” and "found”.
The 2003 piece by Alberto Posadas, Oscuro abismo de llanto y de ternura - which roughly translates to "the dark abyss of weeping and tenderness” - is also dense in its musical material. In it, the notes collide like tectonic plates, making for an exciting fusion demonstrating, like other works Posadas has written, the composer's fondness for building mathematical and physical processes into his compositions.
Like Posadas, Hèctor Parra is also deeply engaged with the natural forces that move the world; his depictions, however, are neither romantic nor stereotypical. In 2011's Caressant l'horizon, he pushes the boundaries of time, space and fragile human existence: through the biological and physical metaphors embedded in the music, he imagines what it would be like to be surrounded by incredibly intense gravitational pulses.
Presented by: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Müpa Budapest
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