With the Mediterranean Sea as our theme, we must also have our eye on Greece. Everyone with a heart for experimentation and the avantgarde knows that this cradle of our civilization also bloomed in the 20th century. It is striking to not how much even the greatest iconoclasts continue to be aware of their venerable roots. Iannis Xenakis’ Akrata, which means ‘pure’, is a noteworthy example. Its structure is completely mathematical, yet it sounds like music from a ritual from earlier times. Xenakis’ less wellknown colleague Nikos Skalkottas might strictly be considered part of the Second Viennese School, but his love of Greek folk music makes his ‘Third Piano Concerto’ a relatively approachable work. The concert opens with a fresh work of musical theatre for wind quintet, Opus Number Zoo by Luciano Berio.
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