Exciting Premiere at Lucerne Festival
Matthias Pintscher’s Violin Concerto for Julia Fischer
“‘Mar’eh’ means face, sign. The Hebrew word can also mean the aura of a face, a beautiful vision, something wonderful which suddenly appears before you.” With Mar’eh Matthias Pintscher has composed a violin concerto which will be premiered at the Lucerne Festival with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski. “I came across this word when I thought of the fine lines which she can spin with her instrument, this very intensive, but light play.” The “wonderful appearance” is a metaphor for the sound aura of the whole concerto. A constant materializing of new sounds out of nothing, with the violin as protagonist. “I have tried to shape the whole in a very songlike fashion, so that the violin starts at the beginning and draws a line – or its vision – through to the end, in the most varied registers, often quite high, where it can only be continued in harmonics. I wanted this continual pacing out of a line. In the attempt to create horizontal arcs of sound, I was concerned with always giving the sound a direction in perspective.”
And despite all its contemporaneity, this is also about remembering: in its appearance, the past resonates and breathes with it. The orchestra is part of the transparent sonority, it answers in the gesture which the violin evokes and realizes its own form of tone colour melody.
Mar’eh is a commission by Lucerne Festival 2011, Alte Oper Frankfurt/Gesellschaft der Freunde der Alten Oper Frankfurt and London Philharmonic Orchestra.
11.9.2011 Luzern (Lucerne Festival) – Matthias Pintscher: Mar’eh for violin and orchestra (World Première). Julia Fischer (Violin), London Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor: Vladimir Jurowski (further performances 24.9.2011 London, 28.9.2011 Frankfurt, 1.10.2011 Luxemburg)
Photo Matthias Pintscher: Andrea Medici Baci&Baci Studio NY, NY