The tyranny of the avant-garde has led to the belief that only those composers who rejected tradition (from dodecaphonism to serialism) could form part of modernity: the more radical the split, the greater their historical legitimacy. As a result, composers who elected to bring the past up to date as a formula for modernity were insulted and branded conservatives. This series focuses on these “anti-modern” composers (as Antoine Campagnon refers to them) who, nevertheless, also created modern works by other means, which were neither reactionary nor old-fashioned. Sibelius, Britten, Rachmaninoff and the neoclassical periods of Stravinsky and Krenek form the core of these concerts.
Concerts in this series
- Florian Boesch and Roger Vignoles
The RussiansBoris Berman
Neo-RomanticsLauma Skride, Julian Steckel and Lena Neudauer