New: #trikestra_trialog I
›Pastorale – Leon Weber Rework‹
Murmuring brooks, twittering birds, a cuckoo calling – in the distance there's the festival of the country folk, while the rumbling of an approaching thunderstorm becomes louder and louder. Beethoven's Sixth Symphony 'Pastorale' transports the listener into a world of untouched nature. But untouchedness and diversity are at stake today, threatening to be lost.
What does it sound like when Beethoven's sounds of nature are translated into today's world? How can one today musically express the love of nature that Beethoven inscribed in his 'Pastorale'? This is precisely the topic that the junge norddeutsche philharmonie, the STEGREIF.orchestra and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin have addressed in their #beethoven_rotation project within the framework of TRIKESTRA. After an initial corona-induced digital engagement with Beethoven's Sixth Symphony as an interactive 360° video, a second part was to follow in the form of a commissioned work that is intended to connect the individual movements and transfer the pastoral sound world into the present.
Against this background, the musician and DJ Leon Weber composed his piece 'Pastorale – Leon Weber Rework' for ten musicians and live electronics, which has been released as a video in June 2020. The audience is invited to dive into Weber's musical world, which moves between the sounds of classical instruments and electronic effects, contrasting, supporting or distorting Beethoven's motives.
›Pastorale – Leon Weber Rework‹
Leon Weber | composer 6 live electronics
Friedrich Gatz | camera, editor and video production
Wanja Hüffell | sound engineer
Recorded on 16.05.2020 at Großer Sendesaal im Haus des Rundfunks
Together with a discussion video, which gets to the bottom of the examination of Beethoven's musicin a theoretic way, 'Pastorale – Leon Weber Rework' is the prelude to the #trikestra_trialoge series – a format that wants to provide a space for ideas, exchange, discussion and experiments within the framework of TRIKESTRA.
The new series #trikestra_trialoge aims to promote and deepen the process and exchange idea of TRIKESTRA. In addition to the three major concerts, there will be opportunity for the three ensembles to exchange ideas on current topics and to examine them both musically and through discussions or impulse lectures. These topics can come from the field of music and orchestra life, but can also be politically or socially relevant.
In order to carry this process even further to the outside, the #trikestra_trialogs are held in public and the audience is invited to actively participate in the discussions and exchange. In the first discussion video, the composer and DJ Leon Weber and the DSO members Mischa Meyer, Verena Wehling and Divna Tontić have their say. They talk about 'Pastorale – Leon Weber Rework' as well as the combination of electronic and classical music and how to deal with works of old masters like Beethoven in our time.
Originally, the #trikestra_trials were supposed to take place at different locations in Berlin, but due to the restrictions caused by the Corona pandemic, the first instalment had to take place digitally as a video production of Leon Weber's work composed for the #beethoven_rotation project.
Digital sound performance based on the third movement from Ludwig van Beethoven's ›Pastoral symphony‹.
TRIKESTRA, a cooperation of musicians from junge norddeutsche philharmonie, STEGREIF.orchester and the DSO, presents #beethoven_rotation, an interactive 360° video, available on demand from April 9, 7.30pm.
Originally planned as a concert performance at Vollgutlager, the multimedia study of Beethoven's ›Pastoral symphony‹ was transformed into a digital project and is now available an DSO's website and on social media platforms.
Open for innovation
A new project series designated ‘TRIKESTRA’ was kicked off last year, committed to encountering the vibrant, unconventional and lively Berlin scene. The collaboration with the STEGREIF.orchester and the junge norddeutsche philharmonie is intended as a think tank for new concert concepts and new ways to make music accessible.
The initiative comes at the right time: whereas theatres opened up quite some time ago to the innovative potential of independent ensembles, there have been only few points of contact in classical music until now. In cooperation with the ‘Kulturstiftung des Bundes’ (Federal Cultural Foundation), the DSO is embarking on a partnership over several years with two exciting players from Berlin’s independent music scene: The junge norddeutsche philharmonie is a project-based youth orchestra composed of music students that is committed to innovative event formats and searching for “the classical music concepts of the future”. The STEGREIF.orchester plays without a conductor and without sheet music, but full of love for the classical original, which is fearlessly expanded, updated and sensually presented using all available means of improvisation, electronics and choreography.
In the scope of their collaboration, the three partners will bring together the flexibility and radical character of an independent ensemble, the spontaneity and joy of playing of a youth orchestra and the perfection and reach of a professional orchestra in constantly changing constellations. This includes not only joint concerts, but also projects “behind the scenes”, including workshops and coaching sessions with members of the DSO and the development of new ideas and concepts for concerts or for music education.
Those who attended the first sound performance #brahms_rotation in February 2019 already found out how well the collaboration is working: the composer’s Third Symphony embarked for new shores in its encounter with chamber music, jazz and world music in the ‘Theater im Delphi’, which generated enthusiasm even among sceptical traditionalists. The next opportunity will be on 9 April with #beethoven_rotation in the ‘Vollgutlager Berlin’ – right in time for the Beethoven Year 2020 and this time under the artistic direction of the junge norddeutsche philharmonie.