Grand Soir Prométhée

Fri 28 May 2021,
8:30 p.m.
Cité de la musique
Salle des concerts

Full price : 26 €
Discount price : 22.10 €


As punishment for stealing the sacred fire from Olympus and offering it to men, Zeus condemned the titan Prometheus to be tied to a rock on Mount Caucasus, where an eagle came every day to devour his liver which grew back every night. A myth still in play among contemporary composers, found somewhere between fantasy and science fiction: in turn, Chaya Czernowin, Bernhard Gander (this is his first production at IRCAM), and Mark Andre have taken up this myth, highlighting the devastating unpredictability of fire, its demiurgic force, the loss of carelessness that the acquisition of knowledge represents. To complement the program, the Ensemble intercontemporain commissioned Aureliano Cattaneo to write short interludes that are woven in between the movements of Mozart's enigmatic GranPartita.

Peyee Chen soprano
Rinnat Moriah soprano
Alain Billard bass clarinet
Valeria Kafelnikov harp
Eric-Maria Couturier cello
Nicolas Crosse contrabass
Ensemble intercontemporain
Matthias Pintscher conductor 
Augustin Muller IRCAM computer music design

Chaya Czernowin Fast Darkness II – Freeze and Melt, commissioned by the Ensemble intercontemporain — Premiere 2021
Mark Andre wohin, commissioned by the Ensemble intercontemporain — Premiere 2021
Bernhard Gander Soaring Souls System, commissioned by the Ensemble intercontemporain and IRCAM-Centre Pompidou — Premiere 2021
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sérénade en si bémol K 361 "Gran Partita"
Aureliano Cattaneo New work (interludes from the "Gran Partita" by W.A. Mozart), commissioned by the Ensemble intercontemporain — Premiere 2021

Coproduction Ensemble intercontemporain, Philharmonie de Paris | In partnership with IRCAM-Centre Pompidou
  • Ensemble Intercontemporain  © Eic
    Ensemble Intercontemporain © Eic
  • Chaya Czernowin  © Schott Promotion / Astrid Ackerman
    Chaya Czernowin © Schott Promotion / Astrid Ackerman
  • Rinnat Moriah  © DR
    Rinnat Moriah © DR
  • Matthias Pintscher  © DR
    Matthias Pintscher © DR