Pandora Paranoia

SUN. 07/05/23, 7:00 PM
Stadtcasino Basel
Michael Pelzel (*1978)

Carnatic Pandora for violin and orchestra (2023)
Commissioned by Basel Sinfonietta and ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln, with the support of  , Schweizer Kulturstiftung Pro Helvetia and Fondation SUISA

Helmut Lachenmann (*1935)

Accanto for clarinet and orchestra (1975/76)

Yiqing Zhu (*1989)

Deep Grey for orchestra (2021) 


The Basel Sinfonietta draws on South Indian musical traditions, practicing the destructive treatment of what one loves in order to preserve its truth and makes deep gray sound colorful.

In recent years, the Swiss composer Michael Pelzel has made several trips to India. On the occasion of these study visits he has intensively studied the classical Carnatic music of South India. This eccentric, richly ornamented music has left a lasting impression on the composer - and inspired his new violin concerto Carnatic Pandora.

For the German composer Helmut Lachenmann, Mozart's clarinet concerto is the epitome of beauty, humanity, purity - and at the same time: an example of a means of escape from oneself that has become a fetish; an "art" that has become a commodity. With all compositional reflections and material derivations oriented to it, for the Nestor of New Music it became the hidden point of reference around which his music for clarinet with orchestra makes the paranoid arc of adoration and fearful love. The piece is Accanto: aside.

The young Chinese composer Yiqing Zhu opens with his orchestral work Deep Grey - which, interpreted by the Basel Sinfonietta, was awarded the 1st prize of the Basel Composition Competition 2021 - to the human ear the colorful depths between black and white.

Pre-Concert Talk 18.15

With the friendly support of Ernst von Siemens Stiftung and Schweizer Kulturstiftung Pro Helvetia


Swiss premiere
Program subject to change

Stadtcasino Basel

Photo: Christophe Caffier


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