Re-introducing full-length works into the concerts of the early 21st century is well worthwhile. The fragmentation of contemporary music programmes seems to have become customary. Presenting four pieces by different composers, twelve, fifteen or (watch out! Overlength!) twenty minutes long, no doubt makes sense and has its merits. It’s just a pity that the idea of “full length”, not only in an outwardly formal sense but also in terms of material and content, has been pushed into the background by this seemingly consolidated norm.
For the coming seasons, Klangforum Wien plans a series of projects and revivals which will make it possible to engage on a deeper level with the important works of a single great composer or allow for a long and calm encounter with the music of our times.