A trip to Luigi Nono’s playground, the Experimentalstudio of the SWR – 23/9/2013

In the middle of a series of concerts with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, I made a little trip over the Rhine to meet up with the people of the Exerimentalstudio des Südwestfunks in Freiburg. They will come to Buenos Aires in November to help us with the first latin-american performance of “Prometeo” by Luigi Nono.

Freiburg is a picturesque little city in the black forest.

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It’s in this place where, since 1971, the Experimentalstudio has been a big laboratory for musical discovery and invention. Apart from Nono, many important composers of the Avantgarde worked here:  Brian Ferneyhough, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Vinko Globokar, Dieter Schnebel, Cristobal Halffter and Chaya Czernowin, to name just a few.

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The Experimentalstudio, because of it’s tradition, cultivates a “historic performance practise” for electronic music and still has a lot of the original equipment that was used in the 70s and 80s. Here, the Experimentalstudio’s current Director, Detlef Heusinger and Sound Director Reinhold Braig with some of the electronic equipment Nono used for “Prometeo”.

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They also have a lot of original material of the music that was written here. Here a score of “Prometeo” with Nono’s original indications and changes.

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After having gone through the score with Detlef, who will also be my co-conductor in Buenos Aires, I headed back to the French side, where we will play at Festival “Musica” with L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, tomorrow. http://www.festivalmusica.org/manifestation/voir/1448

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