Georg Friedrich Haas’ 70 minute work for 24 instruments, in vain, is one of the most celebrated works in the composer’s catalogue.
It has been a highly praised in the New York Times (Vivienne Schweitzer wrote of “waves of opulently strange, beautiful sounds”); it was the central part of an 8-hour ‘symposium’ concert by Klangforum Wien; and has already been performed 31 times since its world première in 2000.
Now, in a kind of pan-Alpine derby, the work is being performed twice in the same evening at two different major festivals (Saturday 13 Aug).
Listen to an excerpt of in vain on this page.
The Lucerne concert is part of a special focus on Haas this year, as part of which his opera Nacht (night is the central theme of the festival this year) can be heard (17 Sept) as well as his string quartets, including the world première of the String Quartet No 7 by the Arditti Quartet (10 Sept), and various ensemble works.
See all forthcoming performances of works by Georg Friedrich Haas in our online calendar.