2 May 2019
8 p.m.
Cologne, Trinitatiskirche Acht Brücken Festival Teeter-Totter UA UA UA
© Alexander Kuiava /Nektar Digital Group LP

Rebecca Saunders combines sound and fury. And the Chinese composer Ying Wang, who spent part of her studies as Saunders’ student, gives no reason to expect pleasantries in her new composition. “Noise in our ears, poison in our food, stench in the air, fear in our thoughts…. My music speaks of all this torture.” And Georges Aperghis might add: “It is always about sparking an emotion, … making a structure tremble.” Thus, Seesaw and Teeter-Totter are not about children’s playgrounds and enjoyment, as the titles would suggest – rather, the orchestra is whipped into dramatic controversies. Much hangs in the balance during this concert by Klangforum Wien. (Acht Brücken Festival)

Georges Aperghis — SEESAW
      — Teeter-totter

Rebecca Saunders — Scar* world premiere
Georg Friedrich Haas — equinox world premiere
Ying Wang — Schmutz world premiere

Sophie Schafleitner, violin
conductor: Julien Leroy

The composers on their new works:
Rebecca Saunders — Scar
Ying Wang — Schmutz

*Commissioned by Festival Acht Brücken | Musik für Köln with financial support from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group & individual contributors to their 'Sound Investment Scheme', Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Casa da Música Porto & Festival d'Automne à Paris.