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Di, 07/09/2021, 20:00 Uhr
Komponierte Musik / Musiktheater / Oper / Konzert

London Symphony Orchestra

Musikfest Berlin

Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra address a fundamental question, perhaps the most important of all. Is there a God or are we alone in the universe? And if there is a God: Where is he? Czech composer Ondřej Adámek, making his Musikfest Berlin debut, asks that very question in his song cycle. Where is God? Eleven orchestral songs recreate his quest. Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená leads through storm and fire, to euphoric heights and to precipices, through the religions of the world, but at times simply into grotesque situations. A proximity to Gustav Mahler does not merely shine through in its humorously tempered despair. Similarities to Mahler’s “Lied von der Erde” can be found in “Where are you?”, which premiered in the pandemic spring of 2021, in its attempt to put into music and words the fundamental questions of human existence. Having been premiered on the radio and Live Stream, the cycle can be heard live in concert for the first time in Berlin – accompanied by a symphony that suggests that the salvation of the soul is not necessarily hidden in world religions or faraway places. Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Pastorale” is a declaration of love to local recreation. It celebrates going for walks, trees, forest, water and flowers, yet conveys a very similar insight to that of Ondřej Adámek'’s song cycle: the key to finding answers to the important questions is often nearer than we think.

  • Ondřej Adámek: »Where are you?« Liederzyklus für Mezzosopran und Orchester Kompositionsauftrag der musica viva des Bayerischen Rundfunks und des London Symphony | Orchestra, gefördert von der Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung (2021)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: »Symphonie Nr. 6 F-Dur op. 68« „Pastorale“ (1807/08)

London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle, Leitung
Magdalena Kožená, Mezzosopran

Sir Simon Rattle und das London Symphony Orchestra begeben sich mit einem Liederzyklus Ondřej Adámeks auf die Suche nach Antworten auf die ganz großen Fragen der Menschheit. Ergänzt wird dieses musikalische Zeugnis von Beethovens "Pastorale".


  • Dauer: 1:15h
  • Philharmonie
  • Herbert-von-Karajan-Str. 1, Berlin