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This year the festival is devoted to the new music of Russia and Germany. Its main theme – “Getrennt durch Stachelmusik” (Beyond Barbed Music) — carries a multitude of connotations: these include the past totalitarian experiences of both countries, the dramatic personal fates of many composers and musicians of the 20th centuries who professed the principles of avant-garde art, and, finally, it is the uncompromisingly complex, “prickly” or “barbed” musical language of contemporary compositions, which impels the listener towards “rejection of habits” (the imperative of Helmut Lachenmann).

The current festival presents a logical continuation of the large-scale Russian-German projects which the Center for Contemporary Music has carried out at the Moscow Conservatory — a massive cycle of concerts with comparative conceptions, “Russia-Germany, Pages of History of 20th Century Music” (2002-2003) and “Klang Stream” (2012–2013), which introduced the listeners to musical compositions written during the last few decades. This time, in a very concentrated time frame of five days — December 16-20 — works by contemporary composers will be presented, including over 15 world premieres by composers from both countries. The Moscow Forum will become the final event of the Year of Germany in Russia in 2012/2013.

For the first time in 18 years, within the walls of the Moscow Conservatory the famous Ensemble Modern will perform within the walls of the Moscow Conservatory. It was already invited as a guest ensemble of the Moscow Forum festival, “Music of Russia and Germany: Retrospectives and Perspectives” (1995), the first cross musical project in the history of our countries.

The guest composer of the festival will be Helmut Lachenmann (1934) one of the most significant composers of modern times. What became the most important imperative of his creative life was the idea of the liberation of the listener from the habits imposed on him by contemporary bourgeois society. With this aim in mind, Lachenmann developed an individual method of composition, a type of Musique concrète instrumentale, based on utilization of unconventional performing techniques connected, first of all, with differentiated noise-production. By opposing such an approach to the traditional “philharmonic” sound, the composer attempts at concentrating the attention of the listener towards the structural peculiarities of a composition based on concrete sounds. One of the greatest prophets of anti-bourgeois aesthetics, Lachenmann made a colossal impact on many composers throughout the whole world. His compositions will be performed on every one of the festival’s concerts.

Vladimir Tarnopolski,

Artistic director of the festival

XIV International festival for contemporary music 'MOSCOW FORUM'

RUSSLAND-DEUTSCHLAND: GETRENNT DURCH STACHELMUSIK / Russia-Germany: Beyond Barbed Music

December 16-20, 2013

16 December, Monday

12:00
Conference hall of the Moscow conservatory

Meeting with Helmut Lachenmann

19:00
Rakhmaninov hall of the Moscow conservatory

Opening of the festival

Alexey Sysoev Kolyadka for soprano and ensemble (2013) World premiere
Natalia Prokopenko Faldum for ensemble (2013) World premiere
Helmut Lachenmann temA for flute, voice (mezzo-soprano) and violoncello (1968)
Faradj Karaev schnell zu/g vergangenheit oder ist eine alte musik schon/auch k/eine musik?/! for soprano and three groups of instruments (2010)
Dmitri Kourliandski The little match girls for soprano and ensemble (2013)
Nikolaus A.Huber Zum Beispiel: wogende Aeste for ensemble (2011)

Ekaterina Kichigina (soprano)
Olga Vlasova (oprano)
Marina Rubinstein (flute)
Olga Galochkina (violoncello)
Studio for New Music ensemble
Conductor — Igor Dronov

17 December, Tuesday

11:00
Conference hall of the Moscow conservatory

Workshops of soloists of the Ensemble Modern:

Eva Böcker (violoncello)
Sava Stoianov (trumpet)

14:00
Conference hall of the Moscow conservatory

Meeting with Helmut Lachenmann

18:00
Rakhmaninov hall of the Moscow conservatory

Concert 1

Stefan Bayer Notoriously pyratish (2007) Russian premiere
Helmut Oehring Gestopfte Leere (1991)
Sanjar Baiterekov The circles of Moray (2013) World premiere
Mathias Pintscher Figura III (2000) Russian premiere
Georg Katzer La scuola dell'ascolta (2013) Russian premiere
Vladimir Rannev P est na. Iss O ex glo æ (2009)

Sergey Tchirkov (accordion)

19:30
Rakhmaninov hall of the Moscow conservatory

Concert 2

Helmut Lachenmann Pression for violoncello solo (1969–70)
Enno Poppe Holz for bassoon solo (1999/2005)
Jörg Widmann Air for horn solo (2005)
Hanspeter Kyburz Fünf Bruchstücke for clarinet and piano (1997)
Helmut Lachenmann Mouvement (- vor der Erstarrung) for ensemble (1983/84)
Friedrich Goldmann Linie/Splitter 1 for ensemble (1996)

Michael M. Kasper (violoncello)
Johannes Schwarz (bassoon)
Ulrich Wiget (piano)
Nina Janßen-Deinzer (clarinet)
Ensemble Modern
Conductor — Ilan Volkov

18 December, Wednesday

11:00
Conference hall of the Moscow conservatory

Seminar: Fedor Sofronov — New Russian Music of the last two decades. Jorn Peter Hiekel — German music from 90th

13:00
Conference hall of the Moscow conservatory

Workshops of soloists of the Ensemble Modern:

Johannes Schwarz (bassoon)

18:00
Rakhmaninov hall of the Moscow conservatory

Concert 1

Wolfgang Rihm String Quartet No.3 "Im Innersten" (1976)
Peter Ruzicka String Quartet No.4 (“...Sich Verlierend”) for string quartet and speaker (1996)

Studio for New Music quartet
Fedor Sofronov (speaker)

19:30
Rakhmaninov hall of the Moscow conservatory

Concert 2

Alexey Sioumak Ouverture for ensemble (2012) World premiere
Helmut Lachenmann Trio Fluido for clarinet, viola and percussion (1966)
Olga Bochikhina Musica Sacra III: Christmas Song for ensemble (2013) World premiere
Helmut Lachenmann ...zwei Gefühle..., Musik mit Leonardo for speaker and ensemble (1992/2003)

Helmut Lachenmann (speaker)
Nina Janßen-Deinzer (clarinet)
Rainer Römer (percussion)
Megumi Kasakawa (viola)
Ensemble Modern
Studio for New Music ensemble
Conductor — Ilan Volkov

19 December, Thursday

11:00
Conference hall of the Moscow conservatory

Workshops of soloists of the Ensemble Modern:

Dietmar Michael Wiesner (flute)
Rafa Zambrzycki-Payne (violin)
Nina Janßen-Deinzer (clarinet)

18:30
Concert Hall of the Composers House

Concert

Alexandr Khubeev Kinematics for ensemble and electronic (2010)
Nikolay Popov ARTRA for percussion, electronic and video. Videodesigner – Todor Pozarev (Serbia) (2013) World premiere
Nikolay Khrust Small World Creation (Katjas Gesang) for violin and electronic (2013) World premiere
Alexey Nadzharov New piece for ensemble (2013) World premiere
Vladimir Gorlinsky Die Wölfin for ensemble and video (2013)
Karlheinz Stockhausen Mantra for two piano and electronic (1970)

Mona Khaba, Mikhail Dubov (piano)
Dmitri Schyolkin (percussion)
Ekaterina Fomitskaya (violin)
Studio for New Music ensemble
Conductor — Vladimir Gorlinsky

20 December, Friday

16:00
Conference hall of the Moscow conservatory

Presentation of project “Klangbilde einer Ausstellung”: interaction of music and visual art

18:00
Rakhmaninov hall of the Moscow conservatory

Concert 1: Klangbilde einer Ausstellung – coproduction project of the Centre for Contemporary Music and “ArtChronika” Foundation

Alexandr Khubeev
Elena Rykova
Kirill Shirokov
Denis Khorov
Anna Romashkova
Natalia Prokopenko

Mark Pekarsky (percussion)
Students and aspirants of the Moscow conservatory

19:30
Rakhmaninov hall of the Moscow conservatory

Concert 2: Final concert

Helmut Lachenmann Interieur I for one percussionist (1966)
Karlheinz Stockhausen Vibra-Elufa for vibraphone (2003)
Edison Denisov Laments for soprano piano and percussion (1966)
Hans Werner Henze Five Scenes from the Snow Country for marimba (1978)

Dmitri Schyolkin (percussion)
Vladimir Urbanovich (percussion)
Alisa Gizba (soprano)
Ivan Sokolov (piano)
Mark Pekarsky Ensemble of Percussion Instruments