Répons by Pierre Boulez

Répons, a crucial work in the spatialized music repertoire, resonates for the first time at the Philharmonie de Paris. The fruit of a long period of creation, Répons requires the performers be arranged in a special configuration. A chamber ensemble is in the middle of the room, six soloists are placed along the periphery of the room around the audience, and six groups of loudspeakers project the electronics in real-time. “Répons does not only refer to the dialogue between the soloists and the ensemble, to the dialogue among the soloists, to the dialogue that is transformed and that isn’t, but also to the dialogue among several different materials” (Pierre Boulez). The spiraling musical form and the concert hall’s architecture are mutually engaging, as is the unforgettable entrance of the six “electrified” soloists, or their suspended ending. The very antithesis of this dialogue, Mouvement, a masterpiece by Helmut Lachenmann, mingles inexorably with the paralysis of Michael Jarrell’s work for percussion from the Assonances series, a sketchbook, always open.

Pierre Boulez © Jean Radel

Pierre Boulez © Jean Radel

Victor Hanna percussion*
Luigi Gaggero cymbalum**
Samuel Favre vibraphone**
Gilles Durot xylophone**
Hideki Nagano, Sébastien Vichard pianos**
Frédérique Cambreling harp**
Ensemble intercontemporain
Conductor Matthias Pintscher
IRCAM Computer Music Design Andrew Gerzso, Gilbert Nouno

MICHAEL JARRELL Assonance VII*
HELMUT LACHENMANN Mouvement (-vor der Erstarrung)
PIERRE BOULEZ Répons**

7:45pm, Philharmonie, Salle de répétition
Presentation of the concert by Clément Lebrun.
Free entry, reservations required: 01 44 84 44 84.

A Philharmonie de Paris, Ensemble intercontemporain, IRCAM-Centre Pompidou coproduction. With the support of the Sacem and the Pro Helvetia, Fondation suisse pour la culture. Concert recorded by France Musique and broadcast on June 22 at 8pm in Les Lundis de la contemporaine by Arnaud Merlin.