Saturday, January 12, 8:00 PM
First Pres Santa Monica
Korrespondenz, scenes for string quartet (1992)
Six Bagatelles for wind quintet (1953)
Cello Sonata (1948-53)
Schiller: Energische Schoenheit (2011) US Premiere
Gloria Cheng, piano
Eric Byers, cello
Scott Dunn, conductor
Peter Eötvös, conductor
Jacaranda Chamber Singers
Jacaranda Chamber Ensemble
Spanning six decades, this fiercely beautiful music by Hungary's master composers, Peter Eötvös and Gyorgy Ligeti, will challenge, astonish, gratify and amuse. Schiller: Energische Schoenheit is Jacaranda's first commission made possible through the generosity of David & Margaret Barry. The series joined with co-commissioners the Aldeburgh Festival (founded by Benjamin Britten) and festivals in France & Germany. Ensemble Modern gave the world premiere in 2011. “Schiller” will receive its U.S. premiere under the direction of the composer.
According to the LA Times, the 68 year-old composer, “happily wanders through Modernism and music’s deeper history channels — as with his imagined exchange between Mozart father and son in “Korrespondenz,” played here by the grand, game Calder String Quartet — to compelling and freshly expressive ends.”
Fellow Hungarian György Ligeti (1923-2006), whose music became world famous in the classic film, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” will also be featured. In addition to his 1988 Piano Concerto, considered by the composer to be his “aesthetic credo,” two early works will be performed: the Soviet-banned solo Cello Sonata (1948-53), finally premiered in 1979, and the ingeniously delightful “Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet” (1956), also initially supressed as “dangerous.”
The string quartet and the Eötvös setting of Friedrich Schiller's text for singers, winds, percussion and amplified accordion launches the LA Phil's “Focus on Eötvös” week. It continues with a concert version of the opera Angels In America and the world premiere of the Violin Concerto Do Re Mi commissioned by the LA Phil for Midori.