HOMAGE TO HELMUT LACHENMANN
Our collaboration with Helmut Lachenmann has undoubtedly been one of the most important and profitable during our fifteen years of activity. Every time we work to perform one of his pieces, we realize that his music has to be shown in a different and specific prospective.
So, on the occasion of his eightieth birthday, we came together to produce this project. The title, See the Sound, evokes the work that we have meant to do since the very beginning: we wanted to make real an utopian perceptive experience, an “impossible” condition of listening and viewing. This became possible thanks to a way of filming that offers an ideal point of view on the instruments and the performers, something
that is unlikely to achieve during an ordinary concert performance.
We chose to film some his most representative chamber music and solo works, from Pression and Toccatina to Allegro Sostenuto and Trio Fluido, and to shoot the videos of the performances in an extremely precise and detailed way on which we agreed with the composer himself. Several cameras were involved, in order to allow viewers to understand how neat are the techniques required, how peculiar the sounds are in all their
components, how different the instrumental gestures are, and most importantly how valuable and rich the silence can be.
The main body of the whole project also includes a long interview with Lachenmann, that we completed with some interventions by relevant composers and musicians who have known him closely: Massimiliano Damerini, Stefano Gervasoni, Emilio Pomarico and the special participation of Nuria Schoenberg Nono.
We have been able to bring this documentary to life in July 2015, in the wonderful context of Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice: we’d like to thank all the people and the institution that supported us and most importantly Helmut for his constant presence since the very first stages of this project.