Frederic Rzewski © MaerzMusik/Camille Blake
What could be a more fitting start to the festival and its theme of growth than a volcanic eruption? The violent outbreak of the Hekla volcano in 1947/1948 has been transformed into one of the loudest pieces of music of all time by Jón Leifs, who witnessed the event. The same concert also includes a performance of Luciano Berio’s exuberant Sinfonia with the Swingle Singers. This opening concert is just a starting point for an extended tour of other peaks – from Alberto Posadas’ »Poética del espacio«, to Michael Hersch’s »sew me into a shroud of leaves«, Dieter Schnebel’s world-embracing »Sinfonie X«, Lera Auerbach’s three-hour »Demons and Angels« and Frederic Rzewski’s unplayable cycle of variations, »The People United«, all the way to Peter Eötvös in the closing concert.