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Musica viva: Sir Simon Rattle

Purcell: Funeral Music | Haas: in vain

Simon Rattle © BR\Astrid Ackermann


Henry Purcell
Funeral Music for Queen Mary

Georg Friedrich Haas
in vain


Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Zoro Babel light design
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

Concert video from March 6, 2021 | 01:13:46

Rehearsal impressions


How does it feel to sit on stage for several minutes in complete darkness and only feel while playing? We asked musicians of the BRSO about their experiences and wanted to know from music director Elisabeth Malzer how she deals with the problem of translating this darkness into images. Winrich Hopp, the artistic director of musica viva, has found a solution to this problem that has never existed before…


This has never been seen before: infrared cameras filming an orchestra on stage as it plays! Why is that? In the piece “in vain” by Georg Friedrich Haas there are two passages where the hall goes completely dark for several minutes and the musicians play by heart…

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