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23 Sep  

This year’s Wien Modern Festival is based around the theme of growth. As well as music that taps into the contemporary quests for all things ‘faster, higher, stronger’ it will also seek to reinterpret the theme: ‘to untangle the concept of growth from the one-sided interpretation that has been thrust upon it by its one-dimensional uses in economy, urban planning and politics. From extreme reduction to excessive abundance and back again – the eternal search for just the right measure, somewhere between too much and too little, has seldom been so tangible in music than it is today.’

 

During the festival you will be able to explore maximalism and minimalism in various forms at venues all across Vienna: a description of a volcanic eruption in the opening concert by the RSO Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of its new chief conductor Marin Alsop. The end of an ensemble and the beginning of something new. A work of unprecedented length, intensity and expressiveness you can visit between the end of one night and the beginning of the next, whenever you like. Major, world-encompassing works such as Dieter Schnebel’s Sinfonie X. Tiny miniatures you might encounter in a museum. The Ring tram as an endless locked groove. And the opportunity to hear grass grow…

 

In total there are 81 world premieres of works by Peter Ablinger, Afamia Al-Dayaa, Lera Auerbach, Pierluigi Billone, Laura Bowler, Gabriel Bramböck, Francis Burt, Santa Bušs, Friedrich Cerha, Lang Chen, Yuheng Chen, Jérôme Combier, Ehsan, Katharina Ernst / Martin Siewert / Christian Weber, Dominik Förtsch, Reinhard Fuchs, Beat Furrer, Clemens Gadenstätter, András Gelléri, Elisabeth Harnik, Dietmar Hellmich, Michael Hersch, Katrin Hornek / Judith Unterpertinger, Mirela Ivičević, Michael Jarrell, Reuben Jelleyman, Elias Jurgschat, Hannes Kerschbaumer, Katharina Klement, Hibiki Kojima, Annamaria Kowalsky, Herbert Lacina, Bernhard Lang, Klaus Lang, Han-Gyeol Lie, Liquid Penguin, Misato Mochizuki, Marco Momi, Theo Nabicht, Sarah Nemtsov, Sergej Newski, Gérard Pesson, Simeon Pironkoff, Robert Pockfuß, Gabriele Proy, Ari Rabenu, Gerald Resch, Lissie Rettenwander, Jorge Sánchez-Chiong, Rebecca Saunders, Ingrid Schmoliner, Martin Schüttler, Kurt Schwertsik, Charlotte Seither, Daniel Serrano, Amir Shpilman, Alexander Stankovski, Johannes Maria Staud, Wolfgang Suppan, Germán Toro Pérez, Alessandro Traina, Tuğba Uçar, Juan Uribe, Oliver Uszynski, Brigitte Wilfing, Jaime Wolfson, Joanna Wozny, Kejia Xing and Mia Zabelka.




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