Concerts

STEVE REICH

September 18, 2020 at 6 pm — Estonia Concert Hall (pre-concert event)
September 18, 2020 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

Lepo Sumera
Open(r)ing     ~15′

Steve Reich
Music for Ensemble and Orchestra   ~20′

Moving Picture 946-3 – film by Gerhard Richter & Corinna Belz, music by Steve Reich     ~37′

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor OLARI ELTS


Olari Elts, the chief conductor of ENSO, focuses on the best of the latest works by one of America’s most influential contemporary composers, Steve Reich. Both his pieces will be performed in Estonia for the first time, and the fact that the multimedia piece Moving Picture 946-3 is performed to our audience so quickly is absolutely exceptional. According to Olari Elts, Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt are the two composers who started their activity in the second half of the twentieth century that have most influenced the music of the twenty-first century. ‘The phase shifting technique of Reich is, in its genius, comparable to the tintinnabuli of Pärt.’

Music for Ensemble and Orchestra, which was first performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Susanna Mälkki at the end of 2018, is the composer’s first work for a large orchestra after a break of 30 years – ‘…a rewarding addition to 50 years of minimalism … The work’s multiple layers draw the listener in and do not let go.’ (Financial Times)

Olari Elts: ‘There are only a few brilliant composers who can make a small orchestra sound big, such as Richard Strauss, Lindberg, and Tüür. Reich is the complete opposite – a big orchestra must have the same aesthetics that can usually be expected from ensemble of new music. They must sound as filigree as a percussion ensemble.’

In the second half of the concert, Reich’s newest project, created with the artist Gerhard Richter and director Corinna Belz, which premiered in New York in April 2019, will be performed. The music, which is written for a large ensemble, is accompanied by the film Moving Picture (946-3)* the idea of which has developed from Gerhard Richter’s book called Patterns, which represent a possible aesthetic of the so-called artist’s book.


Tickets: 25 € / 18 €     PILETILEVI     PILETIMAAILM
The organizer reserves the right to make changes to the event program.
Concert is presented by Inchcape BMW


*Moving Picture 946-3
Film by Gerhard Richter & Corinna Belz
Music: Steve Reich
Montage: Rudi Heinen
© Gerhard Richter and Corinna Belz
Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Alex Poots

The Steve Reich composition is commissioned by
The Shed, NYC
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Gustavo Dudamel, Music & Artistic Director
Cal Performances, University of California, Berkeley
Barbican Centre and Britten Sinfonia
Philharmonie de Paris
Oslo Philharmonic