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The thinking ear is always curious

The thinking ear is always curious. That is why the Pierre Boulez Saal is open to the entire world of chamber music. We are interested in the programming and initiatives of other venues and festivals in Berlin and beyond, which we are featuring in this section at irregular intervals.

Sentieri Selvaggi performing the premiere of 'Daedalus' in Milan

Ever since its formation over 20 years ago, the Italian ensemble Sentieri Selvaggi has dedicated itself almost exclusively to the performance of contemporary music. But now, the group around Carlo Boccadoro is about to undertake a radical expansion of its repertoire: From February to May, in an eight-part concert series entitled “DNA” at the Teatro Elfo Puccini in Milan, Sentieri Selvaggi will be performing pieces by important contemporary composers alongside groundbreaking works of the 20th century – works by Ravel, Berg or Messiaen that, by virtue of their forceful originality, have become part of the genetic makeup of Western music and whose influence no subsequent composer can fully escape.

The opening concert of the series on February 11 will feature an old acquaintance: That evening, Luca Francesconi’s Daedalus will be performed in Italy for the very first time after having had its world premiere at the Pierre Boulez Saal last January under the direction of Daniel Barenboim.

'Daedalus' by Luca Francesconi

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