Ensemble Intercontemporain plays Chin, Pintscher and Staud

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Matthias Pintscher and Ensemble intercontemporain

Tuesday, September 15 at 8 pm, join us for the first installment of coverage from the 2014 Lucerne Festival, which has a thriving contemporary music series. This evening's concert features the legendary Ensemble Intercontemporain in a performance of works by Unsuk Chin, Johannes Maria Staud as well as the ensemble's current director Matthias Pintscher. The latter shares his insights on each of the pieces.

Recorded on Sunday, August 17, 2014 in Lucerne, Switzerland, the evening opens with a virtuosic, gamelan-influenced Double Concerto for Piano, Percussion and Ensemble by Chin, one of the 2014 festival composers-in-residence.

Der Riss durch den Tag, a monodrama for narrator and ensemble by the second composer-in-residence, Maria Staud, sets existential texts by Durs Grünbein narrated by Robert Hunger-Bühler. 

The Ensemble Intercontemporain comprises 31 instrumental soloists who devote themselves to music of the 20th and 21st century. Founded in 1976 by Pierre Boulez, the group is now led by Pintscher, whose work Bereshit, named after the first word in the Torah and inspired by the Torah's story of creation, rounds out the evening's program. 


Unsuk Chin - Double Concerto for Piano, Percussion, and Ensemble
Johannes Maria StaudDer Riss durch den Tag
Matthias Pintscher - Bereshit