John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine für Orchester (1986)
John Adams: Harmonielehre für Orchester (1985)
Matthew Herbert: Make, Waste für Orchester, Bigband, Printer und Schredder (2020) UA
Gavin Bryars: The Sinking of the Titanic für Ensemble

The Frankfurt Radio Big Band had to cancel their participation in the concert at short notice. For this reason, the originally planned premiere of the commissioned work »Contre-Jour« for Bigband by Eve Risser is cancelled.

hr-Sendesaal Frankfurt

hr-Sinfonieorchester, hr-Bigband, Baldur Brönnimann (conductor), Eve Risser (conductor)

The grand festival finale combines a broad spectrum of references to the theme HUMAN__MACHINE with artistic approaches that enjoy overstepping boundaries as well as unusual musical encounters between avant-garde, jazz, symphony orchestra, big band, minimal music and classical tradition. The high-voltage Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams is followed by his expansive orchestral work Harmonielehre. Surreal dreamscapes which inspired the composer to write this work included a supertanker rising like a rocket from the San Francisco Bay. Adams evokes machine fantasies here, merging the technique of minimal music with the expressive world of late romanticism and impressionism. These orchestral works are combined with a large-scale new composition for big band by the French jazz musician and composer Eve Risser and a world premiere by the renowned English electronics composer and House producer Matthew Herbert. The finale is the atmospherically dense musical swan song for one of humanity’s dreams: the vision of the perfect machine. The Sinking of the Titanic by Gavin Bryars is a catastrophic reflection on the relationship between mankind and machine, in which sound aesthetics blend seamlessly in an ensemble combining big band and symphony orchestra.

duration: 2 h 45 min / with 2 intervals



Festival finale for audience, artists and all festival staff

broadcast dates:

„Konzertsaal“ TEIL 1 on 26.03.2020, 20:04, hr2-kultur „Konzertsaal“ TEIL 2 on 09.04.2020, 20:04, hr2-kultur

cresc... is funded by Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain.


19,– € · red. 10,50 €