Messiaen and Nono: Lucerne Festival


On tour

Sun 9 Sep 2018 7.30pm - 8.30pm
KKL Luzern

MESSIAEN Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum
NONO No hay caminos, hay que caminar … Andrei Tarkovsky for seven orchestra groups

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Matthias Pintscher conductor
Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy
London Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: for more information and tickets please visit the Lucerne Festival website.

Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change.

In his haunting homage to the Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky, his very last orchestral work, Luigi Nono distributes the musicians into seven groups spread across the entire Concert Hall, has the sounds go back and forth, and even gives space to silence. Olivier Messiaen, meanwhile, addresses the audience with the cumulative momentum of 34 wind players and a rich range of percussion. His Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum sounds powerful, blocky, indeed monumental, the entire work lacking the soft coloration of strings and ideally performed in cathedrals or in the open air in nature, according to the composer. Commemorating those who had fallen in both world wars, Messiaen created not gloomy funeral music but a powerfully resounding credo: “And I await the resurrection of the dead.”