Rolando Villazón, Daniel Barenboim & Staatskapelle Berlin premiered Elliott Carter’s cycle “A Sunbeam’s Architecture” in Berlin yesterday


On Tuesday, Rolando sang the European premiere of Elliott Carter’s song cycle A Sunbeam’s Architecture in a concert with the Staatskapelle Berlin, led by Daniel Barenboim, at the Philharmonie Berlin. The program also included Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and “Haffner” Symphony, Carter’s Concertino for bass clarinet, and two Mozart concert arias, performed by Rolando. The audience in the packed Philharmonie celebrated the musicians enthusiastically.

The premiere was to take place the previous night, when the same programme was performed at Berlin’s Konzerthaus; but as Rolando had been suffering from a cold, he sang only the Mozart concert arias and decided to delay the premiere of the Carter cycle by one day in order to make a full recovery and do the piece justice.

“I love Carter’s cycle,” said Rolando, “it’s an absolutely brilliant piece by a wonderful composer and a joy to sing. I have rarely performed contemporary music so far in my career, and this has been a wonderful experience. I look forward to performing this piece many more times in the years to come, and I am very happy that it was recorded, too. It has to be heard by as many people as possible!” Maestro Barenboim was equally elated: “I am thrilled that this cycle saw its successful European premiere. I am happy for the Staatskapelle, for Rolando, and especially in memoriam of my friend Elliott Carter.”