ricordilab wrap-up 2023

ricordilab wrap-up 2023

For a year now, Ricordi Berlin has been working together with the three new ricordilab composers Hannah Kendall, Alex Paxton, and Diana Syrse, who have already celebrated great concert successes and important prizes. There are now further significant premieres on the horizon:

Diana Syrse: Quetzalcóatl with Musikkollegium Winterthur

Musikkollegium Winterthur, associated partner of ricordilab, opens its new season with Diana Syrse's new work Quetzalcóatl. The composer says:

This work combines two parallel stories that converge into a shared experience – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, an Austrian man and myself, a Mexican woman, both young composers who are writing music in different periods of time and space. He and I come together in the exploration of music as a means to express the profound pain of a lost love and the internal transformation it entails. Inspired by Mozart's Symphony No. 40 and my own life experiences, I conceive this musical piece as a counterpoint and dialogue, dedicated to the constant reinvention of beauty [...]

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View score of Quetzalcóatl

Diana Syrse with chief conductor Roberto González-Monjas, assistant conductor Paul-Boris Kertsman and orchestra director Dominik Deuber at the Musikkollegium Winterthur season opening

Hannah Kendall: O flower of fire with the London Symphony Orchestra

“Hannah Kendall’s music has an amazing ability to really grip the listener, to draw the listener in. It’s percussive, it’s lyrical, it’s very atmospheric, with the use of really beautiful chords, and an amazing use of silence, which makes you really want to listen to her music.”—says Sir Antonio Pappano, designated principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, which commissioned a new piece from Hannah Kendall alongside the Staatstheater Hannover. O flower of fire sees its world premiere on 4 October 2023 at London's Barbican Centre.

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Sir Antonio Pappano with the LSO

Alex Paxton: New work for the WDR Sinfonieorchester

After Alex Paxton received the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation’s composition and Hindemith prizes this summer, the WDR Sinfonieorchester presents the German premiere of Od Ody Pink‘d and the world premiere of a new orchestral work from the exceptional British composer, with himself and Jennifer Walshe as soloists, and works from Frank Zappa in the same program.

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WDR Sinfonieorchester

Photos: Emily Denny, Hannah Driscoll, Astrid Ackermann, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Mark Allan, Peter Adamik
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