2012 has also been about discovery of a number of composers. Gerald Resch is new to me, but the Vienna based composer is a fast rising star – and with good reason. I’m eagerly awaiting a copy of his new recording on Kairos to review; it sounded most promising in a preview on NML.
This Fall, Austrian Cultural Forum continues to celebrate their 10th anniversary season with a variety of events. The concert they are presenting on Monday, October 15th seems somewhat to have fallen off of mainstream classical’s radar. More’s the pity, because it features a world premiere by Thomas Larcher, who is fast becoming one of Europe’s important composers.
What makes one an important composer? Sometimes critical apparatuses equate “bigger” with more “important:” operas, orchestra pieces featuring multiple tam tams, multimedia spectacles, etc. By that metric, Larcher is an unlikely heir to the Euro zone’s big guns. But for those willing to countenance the notion that more intimate works for smaller forces can also be compositions of great significance, Larcher is your man.
He is also a pianist, and much of his oeuvre is chamber music that features his instrument. The ACF commissioned a chamber work from Larcher, but one that doesn’t include piano. French/German cellist Nicolas Altstaedt and French violinist Nicolas Dautricourt, both members of Chamber Music Society 2,will premiere Larcher’s duo for strings alongside pieces by Ravel, Kodály, and Schnittke.
Event Details: The concert is at the Austrian Cultural forum on Monday at 7:30. Tickets are free, but you should reserve seats here.