Philipp Lachenmann: DELPHI Rationale



20.07.2016, Berlin | On August 16 and 17, 2016, at 8 p.m., RADIALSYSTEM V will host the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie with its Biennial format FREISPIEL. Conducted by Sylvain Cambreling, the orchestra will present Rebecca Saunders’ composition Still, which has been choreographed by members of the Sasha Waltz & Guests dance company under the direction of Antonio Ruz. The idea and the arrangement are by Jochen Sandig. The solo part will be played by well-known violinist Carolin Widmann.

Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Foto: Achim Reissner

In 1852, Richard Wagner wrote to his later father-in-law Franz Liszt: “Children, create something new!” While he referred to the deplorable habit of revising and adapting one’s own works, the statement can easily be applied to Wagner’s whole oeuvre, especially to Tristan und Isolde, this radically new “Handlung [plot] in three acts,” as Wagner himself called his musical drama. The Tristan Prelude opens UN/RUHE – FREISPIEL 2016. The audience at the 1860 premiere sensed the radical nature of the Prelude and rejected the piece. Some two generations later, the Schönberg pupil Alban Berg assembled five symphonic pieces from his work-in-progress, the opera Lulu, into a suite for orchestra and soprano. An exuberant, effusive composition, which cannot deny its roots in Wagner’s late Romantic style but whose construction is genuinely atonal, Berg’s opera tells of the downfall of the vamp Lulu.

Rebecca Saunders’ violin concert Still is situated between these two musical and dramatic heavyweights. The title of the concert also served as inspiration for the title of the current edition of FREISPIEL: UN/RUHE. In English, “still” means both “still, quiet” and “yet, even.” The antagonists, seclusion and persistence, infuse and inform each other. For the 2016 performance, Rebecca Saunders has expanded her work, which premiered at the Beethovenfest Bonn in 2011. She has composed a musical hinge connecting the existing parts, which is the focus of FREISPIEL 2016: Based on this new musical material, the two-hour performance has been completely choreographed, which is why the Ernst Schering Foundation explicitly supports this project. In the dancers of the Sasha Waltz & Guests company, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie has found brilliant allies committed to innovation and avantgarde. Music and dance depend on each other, neither can (any longer) be thought without the other.

Featuring Still by Rebecca Saunders, Sylvain Cambreling, Sasha Waltz & Guests, and Carolin Widmann

TUE August 16, 2016, 8 p.m.
WED August 17, 2016, 8 p.m.

Holzmarktstr. 33
10243 Berlin

Information & Tickets

Additional performances:

SUN August 14, 2016 / 8:30 p.m. Darmstadt, Böllenfalltorhalle (concluding event of the International Summer Course for New Music)
FRI August 19, 2016 / 7:30 p.m. Weimar, Weimarhalle (opening event of Kunstfest Weimar)
SAT August 20, 2016 / 7:30 p.m. Weimar, Weimarhalle

DANCE / CHOREOGRAPHY: Sasha Waltz & Guests – Justribo Manion, Maya Gomez, Davide Camplani, Joel Suárez Gómez, Blenard Azizaj, and Jiri Bartovanec

VIOLIN: Carolin Widmann

SOPRANO: Ana Durlovski

CONDUCTOR: Sylvain Cambreling

COMPOSITION / IDEA: Rebecca Saunders







Richard Wagner (1813–1883): Tristan und Isolde, Prelude WWV 90 (1860)

Rebecca Saunders (*1967): Still – Choreographed Version (2011/16) for Violin, Orchestra, and Dancers

Alban Berg (1885–1935): Lulu Suite, symphonic pieces from the opera Lulu for soprano and orchestra (1934)

FREISPIEL 2016 is supported by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation); GVL (Society for the Administration of Neighboring Rights); kulturMut, a crowdfunding initiative of the Aventis Foundation; the Aventis Foundation; the Board of Trustees of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie; the Ernst Schering Foundation; and the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain. A project in cooperation with Sasha Waltz & Guests, RADIALSYSTEM V, Kunstfest Weimar, and the International Music Institute Darmstadt.


Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Photo: Achim Reissner
Rebecca Saunders, Photo: Katrin Schander


Rebecca Saunders, Foto: Katrin Schanders


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