New Cello Piece “Bridges” by Gerald Resch Given World Premiere

Johann Sebastian Bach created something fundamentally new about 300 years ago with the Six Suites for Violoncello Solo. He experimented in baroque dance movements with apparent and genuine polyphony, dispensing with the figured bass foundation, re-tuning and adding strings. Arne-Christian Pelz, solo cellist of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, will be interpreting three of the Six Suites at two concerts (29 November and 19 December 2014) at the Wälderhaus Wilhelmsburg in Hamburg. At these concerts, Pelz will also perform the world premiere of interludes entitled “Bridges” by the Austrian composer Gerald Resch. These pieces were commissioned by the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra especially for this cyclic performance.

The composer comments his new work “Bridges” as follows:
“The Hamburg Symphony Orchestra commissioned me to compose interludes to the 6 Cello Suites of Johann Sebastian Bach for their solo cellist Arne-Christian Pelz. These ‘Bridges’ are intended to lead from one suite to the next, but without attempting to enter into competition with Bach’s music.
Arne-Christian Pelz has defined his own sequence of the 6 Suites which leave a clear theological imprint on both concerts. At the first concert, which could bear the subtitle ‘Aus der Tiefe rufe ich zu DIR’ (Out of the depths I cry out to YOU), we first hear the dark, serious 5th Suite in C minor (‘Leiden Christi, Zerrissenheit der Welt’- Suffering of Christ, Inner Turmoil of the World) which finds its mirror-image in the impressively virtuoso 3rd Suite in C major (‘Das Leben’ - Life). Finally, heaven and earth stride through the wisely ordered 4th Suite in E-flat major (‘Heiliger Geist’ - Holy Spirit), similarly dismissing us in the night in anticipation of the upcoming second concert.
This second concert shines right at the beginning with the royal 6th Suite in D major (‘Gott Vater’ - God the Father). The archaic 2nd Suite in D minor (‘Der Mensch’ - Mankind) is reflected in it and, to conclude the event, the childlike, natural 1st Suite in G major (‘Paradies und Freiheit’ - Paradise and Freedom) points to the promise of what is yet to come.
I have attempted to react to Arne-Christian Pelz’s individual interpretations of the Suites with the sequence of my Bridges, which are often placed together in pairs.
The Bridges primarily use timbres and playing techniques that do not at all occur in Bach’s music, but they nonetheless reflect individual musical elements of his Suites with my present-day means of making music.”

29 November 2014
Hamburg
Wälderhaus Wilhelmsburg, 7 PM
World premiere: Gerald Resch
“Bridges” (No. 1-5) for violoncello
Interventions to the 6 cello solo suites by von Johann Sebastian Bach
Arne-Christian Pelz (violoncello)

19 December 2014
Hamburg
Wälderhaus Wilhelmsburg, 7 PM
World premiere: Gerald Resch
“Bridges” (No. 1-5) for violoncello
Interventions to the 6 cello solo suites by von Johann Sebastian Bach
Arne-Christian Pelz (violoncello)

 

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