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“Islands” by Gerald Resch Given World Premiere

The world premiere of the orchestral work “Islands” by the Austrian composer Gerald Resch will be presented during the course of the Romanian radio festival “RadiRo” in Bucharest (24 September - 1 October 2016) on 29 September 2016. The ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO) under the direction of its principal conductor Cornelius Meister, for whom the composer wrote this work, will perform it at Mihail Jora Concert Hall.

Just one day later, on 30 September 2016, this work completed in 2016 will be given its Austrian premiere at the Vienna Musikverein (Golden Hall) by the same interpreters.

Gerald Resch comments on his work “Islands” as follows:
“My orchestral work will be given its world premiere to open the 2016/17 season; it was composed in response to a commission from the RSO Vienna and its principal conductor Cornelius Meister. The four percussionists and four hornists considerably influence the orchestral course of events, for the music repeatedly thins out into reduced yet tension-filled areas, then being built up again and redirected from there. The approximately 12-minute piece consists of two large arcs of tension that constantly accelerate. The four percussionists and four hornists provide impulses for the developments strongly based on rhythmic interlockings, allowing characteristic sound-fields to emerge and disappear again. I have associated the idea of islands with this - like sandbanks in ‘Watt’, they assume contours and are submerged again with the ebb and flow of the tides.”

29 September 2016
Bucharest
Festival “RadiRo”, Mihail Jora Concert Hall, 7 PM
World premiere: Gerald Resch
“Islands” for orchestra
ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO)
Cornelius Meister (direction)

30 September 2016
Vienna
Musikverein, Golden Hall, 7:30 PM
Austrian premiere: Gerald Resch
“Islands” for orchestra
ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO)
Cornelius Meister (direction)

 

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