Iridescent Sound Bundles
Sarah Wegener will be a soloist in György Ligeti's Requiem and Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano, at the opening concert of the Hamburg International Music Festival at the Elbphilharmonie on 27 April. This will be her second guest appearance in the hall after her performance of Mahler's 8th Symphony under Eliahu Inbal last year.
This summer the soprano will also perform the Requiem on a tour of Japan with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra under Jonathan Nott. György Ligeti himself saw the large-format work, composed in the mid-1960s, both as a summary of his previous compositions and as a turning point: in particular, he developed a hidden "micropolyphony" within the strict polyphony of the composition, with which he created excitingly iridescent sounds.
The concert in Hamburg is the prelude to Ligeti's focus at the International Music Festival Hamburg, which also features artists such as Pierre-Laurent Aimard, the Arditti Quartet and the Ensemble Intercontemporain.