June 23 the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble will play “The last measure” a concert with music by Mauricio Kagel. The concert is part of the Holland Festival. The Holland Festival and Asko|Schönberg, which both had close ties with Mauricio Kagel, are now presenting an In Memoriam for the composer, who passed away in September 2008.
The lighting design is made by Floriaan Ganzevoort
This self-taught Argentinian-German composer was always keen to engage and communicate with his audience. One example of this in the concert will be Divertimento? (2005-2006) – a work about the omnipotence and powerlessness of the conductor who is literally facing a mutinous orchestra in this piece. In addition, Kagel’s very last composition, In der Matratzengruft (2007- 2008) for solo tenor and ensemble, will have its Dutch première. In this work, Kagel compares his own protracted illness with the long drawn-out deathbed of the German poet Heinrich Heine.
The concert is in Muziekgebouw aan het IJ at 20:30 and will be broadcasted live by Radio4.