Thursday 27 Sep 2018, 6pmPurcell Room, London

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Pierre-André Valade conductor

Salome Kammer vocal artist

Hilary Summers alto

Hans Zender Cabaret Voltaire for voice and ensembleUK premiere

Philippe Manoury Blackout - Monodrama for contralto and ensembleUK premiere

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Two contemporary works for vocalist and ensemble with connections to Schoenberg's masterpiece, Erwartung.

Hans Zender’s Cabaret Voltaire is named after the raucous Zurich nightclub that became the birthplace of Dada. Zender, once a student of Stockhausen, sets to music six ‘sound-poems’ by the one of the movement’s founding members, Hugo Ball. Frenetic rhythms set against gloomy percussion reflect the almost playful darkness of Ball’s wordless texts, written in response to the spread of conflict in World War I. 

Phillippe Manoury’s monodrama Blackout is a modern counterpart to Erwartung, written 80 years after Schoenberg’s masterpiece. The music tells the story of a woman stuck in an elevator, who descends into a waking dream as she gets lost in thought. Like Schoenberg, Manoury’s brooding sonorities distort time and expectations – Ella Fitzgerald’s You’re My Thrill suddenly emerges at the climax, before breaking apart and fading into the ensemble. 

Hear Schoenberg’s original in the Philharmonia’s evening performance at 7.30pm, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.



  • Tickets: This concert is FREE but tickets are required - select seats using the button above
  • Running time: 50 minutes, no interval
  • Concert programme: Free programmes are available upon entry
  • After the concert: Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Wagner, Schoenberg and Bruckner, 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall


This concert is part of the Music of Today series