Klassiek | ASKO | Schönberg feat. CvA

donderdag 18 april 2024, 20:15 - 22:00 uur
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
Piet Heinkade 1
1019 BR Amsterdam

The pulse in Steve Reich’s work is a prime example of how to set the ambience of a large city to music. For City Life, he walked the streets of New York, recording the sounds he heard. Conversations, cars honking and their alarms going off, a pile-driver, doors slamming, but also the beating of a heart. Played on samplers, this heartbeat forms the basis of Steve Reich’s love song to the city, in a concert centred on his work.  He conjures up all the imperturbable sprawl and pandemonium of New York.

Pulse is also the basis for Double Sextet, actually written for an ensemble that plays against a recording of itself. The rhythms of the two sides intermingle into quick and slow dances. Tansy Davies wrote Canopies of Liquid Light to a commission by Asko|Schönberg, in which she gives musical form to connections between the sublunary and the invisible forces of the cosmos. The interconnectedness of people with their environment is one of the themes in Davies’ work.

Steve Reich
Double Sextet
City Life

Tansy Davies
Canopies of Liquid Light - world première


Clark Rundell conductor

with students of Conservatorium van Amsterdam and Koninklijk Conservatorium