As part of the Royal Festival Hall
Sat 14 October 2017,
7:30 p.m.
Southbank Centre

Boulez’s …explosante-fixe…, originally written in 1971 as a tribute to Igor Stravinsky, reinvents the conventions of the tribute. It's a masterpiece, filled with mystery and poetry, one of the great classics of the IRCAM repertoire.
Philippe Schœller, without technology, inaugurates a future series dedicated to the god of roads and navigations: Hermes. A god of writing and messages to give body to a spectral incantation?
Written in 1982, Bhakti is a revealing work attesting to the state of mind that combines research on transcendence and sophisticated technologies that is, nevertheless, perfectly “humanized”. Aware of the limits of the “music for instruments and tape” concept that contrasts the performers’ flexibility with the rigidity of the tape, Harvey was able to create a new dynamic in the treatment of this interaction.


Pierre Boulez …explosante-fixe… for flute with live electronics, two flutes and orchestra*
Philippe Schoeller Hermès V for large ensemble
Jonathan Harvey Bhakti for ensemble and quadraphonic tape**


Ensemble intercontemporain
Matthias Pinscher Conductor
Andrew Gerszo*, Jean-Baptiste Barrière, Stanley Haynes, Denis Lorrain**
 IRCAM Computer Music Design
Augustin Muller IRCAM Computer Music Production
Jérémie Henrot IRCAM Sound Engineer

  • Pierre Boulez  © Jean Radel
    Pierre Boulez © Jean Radel
  • Ensemble intercontemporain  © Franck Ferville
    Ensemble intercontemporain © Franck Ferville