Boundary. Value

Limit. Value. Limit Value. As term for the maximum permissible disturbance value, for the greatest allowable deviation from a prescribed norm, the proposition of limit values within the limitless realm of music in its turn represents a disturbance factor beyond what is artistically acceptable. Or, to put it the other way round: what is without limit has neither shape nor form. It cannot make an appearance; it eludes perception as well as understanding. It is everything – and at the same time nothing.

15 September 2017
7.30 p.m.
Vienna, Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal grenz.wert Utility Music / Music as Art

A mass by Johann Sebastian Bach. A symphony by Philip Glass. Utility music? Music as art? The one thing and/or the other?

Arnold Schönberg — Begleitungsmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene op. 34
Unsuk Chin — Gougalon
Mauricio Kagel — from: Die Stücke der Windrose. Südwesten
Bernd Alois Zimmermann — Metamorphose

conductor: Sylvain Cambreling

5 November 2017
7.30 p.m.
Vienna, Wiener Konzerthaus, Großer Saal grenz.wert / Wien Modern Portrait

Portrait – focus, concentration, clear delineation. But also: representation of all kinds of transgression of limits, adaptation, divergence, which constitute an oeuvre. No-one is an island.

Peter Eötvös — Shadows
     — Sonata per sei
     — Chinese Opera

Vera Fischer, flute
Olivier Vivarès, clarinet
Peter Böhm & Florian Bogner, sound design
conductor: Peter Eötvös

11 December 2017
7.30 p.m.
Vienna, Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal grenz.wert French School EA EA

French music. Is there such a thing? In the 21st century? And if so – how does one define the maximum permissible value of "world" that can be absorbed by the French (or indeed any other idiom) before it disappears?

Mark Andre — Riss 2
Raphaël Cendo — Corps Austrian première
Yann Robin — Arkham Austrian première

Joonas Ahonen, piano
conductor: Emilio Pomàrico

15 January 2018
7.30 p.m.
Vienna, Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal grenz.wert Dream and Reality EA

What is dream, what reality when we speak of music? How real are the dream worlds of Vivier and Kyriakides? And how unreal is Varèse’s objectivity? Is each concert, as the kind of experience par excellence in which time comes to a halt, not in any case always a dream world? A real one, of course.

Edgard Varèse — Ionisation
Johannes Maria Staud — Auf die Stimme der weißen Kreide EA
Claude Vivier — Bouchara
Yannis Kyriakides — dreams of the blind

Juliet Fraser, Soprano
Peter Böhm & Florian Bogner, sound design
conductor: Bas Wiegers

16 March 2018
7.30 p.m.
Vienna, Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal grenz.wert A case of doubt

Doubt invades knowledge. The invasion of uncertainty in the global empire of enlightenment. Natural sciences on the threshold of the inexplicable.

Joseph Haydn — Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze, Hob. III / 50-56
Giacinto Scelsi — Quattro pezzi (No. 3)
Georges Aperghis — Babil
Iannis Xenakis — Jalons
Klaus Lang — the book of serenity.
Gérard Grisey — Berceuse

Martin Mosebach — Das Tuch
Dörte Lyssewski, speaker
Hermann Schmid, speaker

Katrien Baerts, Soprano
Olivier Vivarès, clarinet
Anders Nyqvist, trumpet
conductor: Sylvain Cambreling

12 April 2018
7.30 p.m.
Vienna, Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal grenz.wert Genre boundaries UA EA EA EA

Those who remain within an enclosure of their own can have their peace. Hopefully. Unless, of course, two (or more) souls, alas, are housed within their breast. One can come up against boundaries and their values – unless one simply wants to play with them.

Bernhard Lang — DW 24
James Clarke — Ritornelli
Austrian première 
Alexander Schubert — Sugar, Maths and Whips
Austrian première 
James Clarke — Ritornelli
EA
Lukas König — Stereogram 1
UA

Audrey Chen, voice
Gerald Preinfalk, saxophone
Manu Mayr, electric bass
Lukas König, drums, synthesizer, voice
Markus Wallner, sound design
conductor: Baldur Brönnimann

7 May 2018
7.30 p.m.
Vienna, Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal grenz.wert Continental Drift and Pangaea EA EA EA

America, Australia, Europe. – The snug fit of the shelves’ margins, of the continents’ coastlines covered by water, reveals the boundaries to be no dividing lines, but connecting seams. Pangaea – one earth.

Ashley Fure — Neues Werk Austrian première
Vito Žuraj — Tension
Austrian première
Liza Lim — Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus
Austrian première

conductor: Peter Rundel

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