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Brucknercasco

Richard Ayres & Asko Schönberg

the composer

Richard Ayres

the symphony

Bruckner No. 7

the ensemble

Asko Schönberg

Vr 13 september, 20.15

Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam

the composer

Richard Ayres

Richard is a British composer who has lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1989. Ayres studied composition, electronic music, and trombone, and graduated under the tutelage of Louis Andriessen at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He has composed works on commission for various orchestras and ensembles. In 2003, he received the prestigious Matthijs Vermeulen Prize. It seems that Richard Ayres and Anton Bruckner share a common ambition to challenge contemporary (then and now) listeners. Bruckner was considered a thoroughly unconventional innovator in symphonic music. Richard has also built a substantial reputation for “ignoring” the traditional boundaries of music, offering new perspectives in the process. They challenge listeners to think outside the box, be open to, and enjoy musical surprises and experiments. This will also be the case with Richard’s new Bruckner Casco composition.

the new composition

Richard on his new composition

‘My new piece will last between 35 and 45 minutes. I will use only Bruckner’s notes. I hope listeners will hear and see things they didn’t know about me, but also about Bruckner and his Seventh Symphony. The instrumentation of the piece will be: organ (Bruckner was a significant and professional organist, and I will use a sampler made from organ samples, preferably from organs he played) and 7 other players to represent an imaginary orchestra. Bruckner has been both a puzzle and an inspiration to me. What amazes me most is his sense of scale and how he manages to maintain such intense emotions in such large forms. I think the Seventh Symphony is the most perfect and memorable example of his work. It is my plan to go to Sankt Florian and Linz to make videos and audio recordings and take photos of things Bruckner might have seen or touched, especially things that would be considered ordinary if the great genius hadn’t encountered them. I want to create a very intimate portrayal of Bruckner and his music, seen through his eyes and my imagination.’

the ensemble

Asko Schönberg

For Asko|Schönberg, Richard’s collaboration with the ensemble fits perfectly within the vision to invest long-term in the development of composers. Over the years, Richard has built an impressive oeuvre, characterized by his distinctive and innovative approach to composition. His collaboration with Asko|Schönberg has undoubtedly contributed to this. The ensemble has not only performed all his works but also actively participated in their creation. This close cooperation has led to a mutual understanding and trust between Richard and the musicians, resulting in performances that bring out the best in his compositions.

Asko|Schönberg is a leading ensemble for new music. Quality, experimentation, and innovative programming with a focus on current relevance are the main pillars. With a rich network of musicians, conductors, composers, versatile young creators, and partners from various art disciplines, Asko|Schönberg aims to contribute to the ‘making of now.’ For many years under the direction of composer and conductor Reinbert de Leeuw, composers such as Kagel, Ligeti, Kurtag, and Knussen were regular collaborators.

FAVORITE YOUTUBE VERSION

Symphony No. 7

The longest and most lyrical introduction of a Bruckner symphony. Listen from minute 0:00 to minute 5:15. Also, marvel at Otto Klemperer’s brisk and adequate tempo.

Symfonie No. 7 – Otto Klemperer Philharmonia Orchestra