Site Search

Other Resources
News Archive

LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA Brass Ensemble | Lutz Köhler | Birgit Remmert

 14 August 2012 at 7.30 pm 

LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA Brass Ensemble | Lutz Köhler | Birgit Remmert

Lucerne Festival

The phrase “Brass Ensemble” isn’t associated only with swinging rhythms, lively medleys, and the immortal sounds of the music hall. Even the Bible ascribed a very special role to wind instruments, especially when they appear in larger formations. Think of the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem, when 120 trumpeters are said to have played, or of the seven “trumpets of rams’ horns” that rang out as the walls of Jericho fell. And contemporary composers have also recognized the spiritual potential of brass instruments—which is exactly why the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA Brass Ensemble is able to perform a program of nothing but original works this year. All of them are eminently suited to the theme of “Faith,” from pieces by the Russians Sofia Gubaidulina and Galina Ustvolskaya and by the Karlsruhe master Wolfgang Rihm to music by Carl Ruggles and Einojuhani Rautavaara, who commune with angels.

Sofia Gubaidulina : In the Beginning There Was Rhythm
Carl Ruggles : “Angels” for Muted Brass
Wolfgang Rihm : Sine Nomine I
Galina Ustvolskaya : Symphony No. 4 “Prayer”
Samuel Barber : “Mutations from Bach” for four french horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, and timpani
Einojuhani Rautavaara : “Playground for Angels” for four trumpets, four trombones, french horn, and tuba
Galina Ustvolskaya : Symphony No. 5 “Amen”
Sofia Gubaidulina : Risonanza

Review this Concert