Peter Eötvös named his composition Jet Stream after the natural phenomenon. In it, the solo trumpet is not the lead voice like in a classical concerto, but rather, as the composer puts it, the “eye of the storm”, to which all of the musical flow refers. At just twenty-five years of age, the soloist Tamás Pálfalvi is not only a world-class soloist and the holder of numerous awards for his recordings and solo performances; above all, he is a visionary musician elevating the art of trumpet playing to entirely new dimensions.
Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements is one of the major works of the twentieth century. Thirty years after The Rite of Spring, Stravinsky again made intensive use of the rhythmic element, which firmly holds the whole symphony together. In the first movement, the most prominent instrument is piano, which gives way to harp in the Andante, which is freely inspired by Werfel’s novel The Song of Bernadette. The unrelenting rhythm is based on film footage of the Second World War, which deeply disturbed Stravinsky when he saw it.
Framing the programme are two orchestral pieces by the successful Czech composer Miroslav Srnka. He wrote move 01 for the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra as a study for the opera South Pole, which he composed afterwards and which explores movement and the “temperature” of sound. He composed move 03 for the festival Printemps des Arts in Monte Carlo. This orchestral work has an original structure and form, and it won the 2018 “Coup de Coeur” in France.
Symphony in Three Movements
Peter Eötvös is one of the best known interpreters of 20th century music. He was born in Transylvania, received diplomas from Budapest Academy of Music (composition) and Hochschule für Musik in Cologne (conducting). Between 1968 and 1976 he performed regularly with the Stockhausen Ensemble. From 1971 to 1979 he collaborated with the electronic music studio of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne.
In 1978, at the invitation of Pierre Boulez, he conducted the inaugural concert of IRCAM in Paris, and was subsequently named musical director of the Ensemble InterContemporain, a post he held until 1991.
Since his Proms debut in 1980 he has made regular appearances in London. From 1985–1988 he was Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
He was appointed First Guest Conductor at the Budapest Festival Orchestra from 1992–1995, First Guest Conductor at National Philharmonic Orchestra (Budapest) from 1998–2001. Chief Conductor of the Radio Chamber Orchestra of Hilversum from 1994 to 2005, First Guest conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra 2003–2005, and Principal Guest Conductor, Modern and Contemporary Repertoire at Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2007. From 2009 to 2012 he was First Guest Conductor at Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna. Other orchestras he has worked with include the most important radio orchestras in Europe, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonia, Wiener Philharmoniker, Cleveland Orchestra and NHK Orchestra Tokyo. He has also worked in opera houses including La Scala Milan, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and La Monnaie Brussels, Festival Opera Glyndebourne, Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, with directors including Luca Ronconi, Robert Altman, Klaus-Michael Grüber, Robert Wilson, Nikolaus Lehnhof, Ushio Amagatsu.
From 1992–1998 he was professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, and from 1998–2001 at Cologneʼs Hochschule für Musik. He returned to his post at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe between 2002–2007.
In 1991 he founded the International Eötvös Institute and Foundation and in 2004 the Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation in Budapest for young conductors and composers.
He regularly conducts master courses and seminars all over the world, e.g., in Paris, Luzern, Basel, Luxemburg, Szombathely, Madrid etc.
He is a member of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, Szechenyi Academy of Art in Budapest, Sächsische Akademie der Künste in Dresden, Royal Swedish Academy of Music Stockholm, and Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium and is an Honorary Academician at Santa Cecilia, Roma.
His many compositions (e.g., Atlantis, zeroPoints, Shadows, Levitation, CAP-KO, SEVEN, DoReMi) and operas (Three Sisters, Le Balcon, Angels in America, Love and Other Demons) are regularly performed throughout the world. His works have been recorded by BIS AG, BMC, DGG, ECM, KAIROS, col legno, Naїve and his music is published by Editio Musica (Budapest), Ricordi (Munich), Salabert (Paris), and Schott Music (Mainz).
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