Boston and Hamburg

World premiere of two new works by Matthias Pintscher

On March 23–25, François-Xavier Roth leads cellist Alisa Weilerstein and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the widely anticipated world premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s new cello concerto, un despertar (an awakening). Pintscher describes the tonal quality of un despertar as being derived from the dark, warm singing of a male human voice, and takes inspiration from “this unbelievably lyrical dark gold which Alisa Weilerstein has within her playing.” Un despertar explores the middle and low registers of the instrument to create a piece “almost out of the sound of a shadow.” The orchestration reflects this focus with distinct lyricism, tenderness and transparency.

On 6, 7 and 9 April 2017 the premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s “shirim” for baritone and orchestra will be given in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, with Bo Skovhus (baritone) and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester conducted by Christoph Eschenbach. Texts from the Song of Solomon (“shir-ha-shirim”) form the basis of the composition. Matthias  Pintscher comments on the work: “The starting point of the composition is the text: the aura, archaic quality and intensity of the songs in their concentration. The language is so expressive becaue it is so compressed. The words are islands of expression, they circle around within themselves and are so rich in content that each word radiates towards the next. There is so much space for sound within, for music. The text allows other parameters, the sound, to join in, without corrupting the autonomy of the words.” (photo: Maxim Schulz)