Kirche St. Martin, Christoph-Anton- Mayr-Weg 7, Schwaz
Introduction: Michael Zwenzner, music journalist, in conversation with Klaus Lang
Tristan Murail from Portulan Cycle Salvatore Sciarrino Introduzione all‘oscuro Klaus Lang hungrige sterne. Georg Friedrich Haas Anachronism AP
oenm. österreichisches ensemble für neue musik Andrea Pestalozza conductor
A programme of great contrasts in sound and dynamics awaits the KLANGSPUREN visitor at the performance of oenm, the Austrian new music ensemble, one of the first of its kind in all of Europe, having been founded exactly 40 years ago in Salzburg. The ensemble has been invited as part of the Austrian cultural programme for EXPO 2015 in Milan to introduce works by Italian and Austrian composers. For the concert in Schwaz, oenm has also rehearsed parts of the Portulan Cycle (1998-2011) by Tristan Murail. Murail was one of the co-founders of musique spectrale during the 1970s, making him part of the group of indefatigable sound researchers who made the natural overtone spectra of sounds the central point of departure for their compositions. Murail’s courageous approach, however, means that these sounds are also subjected to many a turbulence, always with the richest of imaginations. Since the 1990s Salvatore Sciarrino has been one of the most important composers of our current times, but even his 1981 work Introduzione all’oscuro, a panorama of small and infinite sound events shot through with pockets of silence, already shows his characteristic style in full flower. While Sciarrino almost invariably shrouds the tones with noises or intense vibrato playing, in Anachronism (2013) Georg Friedrich Haas works with harmonics that are typical for him, constructed around distinguishable quarter- and sixth-tones, combining these with the repetitive techniques of minimalism in a manner that is as surprising as it is relentless. Klaus Lang, on the other hand, takes the listener on a voyage to an extremely quiet world of minuscule differences in pitch and subtly oscillating carpets of sound in the strings, from which an archaic duet between horn and clarinet arises almost imperceptibly several times.