The Remix Ensemble Casa da Música begins their 2018 concert year on 20 January with a performance of Georg Friedrich Haas’ masterpiece in vain, led by their artistic director Peter Rundel. As part of his composer-in-residence position in Porto this year, several works by Georg Friedrich Haas stand on the programme at Casa da Música.
A new ensemble work by the composer will be given its world premiere in November, when Peter Rundel will also lead a performance of his concerto grosso no. 2 with the Orquesta Sinfónica do Porto and the Remix Ensemble. Prior to this, the conductor will give a number of other concerts with his Remix Ensemble, conducting pieces including Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (featuring Sarah Wegener as soloist) and works by Webern, Beethoven, Schubert as well as Johannes Maria Staud and Beat Furrer.
Georg Friedrich Haas’ in vain, part of which is performed in total darkness, was called a modern classic by Sir Simon Rattle as well as a masterpiece by the New York Times, who remarked on the “waves of opulently strange, beautiful sounds (…) It was often hard to believe that these otherworldly sounds were coming from acoustic, not electronic, instruments.”
Porto, Casa da Música