Shooting Star Yoel Gamzou Conducts World Premiere of Lampson’s 3rd Symphony
After four years of intense work, the 3rd Symphony of Elmar Lampson is now nearing completion. On April 19th, the young Israeli conductor Yoel Gamzou will conduct the premiere. Julia Spinola recently described this exceptional talent in the FAZ as “single-minded, radical and uncompromising”. The piece will be performed by the Hamburger Symphoniker which, for years now, has been well acquainted with Lampson’s symphonic works.
Like Gustav Mahler, Lampson composes his symphonies as an amalgamation of single movements that may be performed individually. This method of working, which can be combined quite conveniently with a professional double life, guarantees a process of maturity over a longer period of time. Thus, the 1st movement of the 3rd Symphony “Passacaglia” was composed two years ago, in 2008, and the 2nd movement “Cantus” was premiered in 2009. These were followed by a one-year creative pause during which Lampson composed theater music for the four mystery dramas by Rudolf Steiner. Now, the completed work is about to receive its world premiere.
The stars seem to be well-aligned for the premiere: Intendant Daniel Kühnel has engaged a veritable shooting star in Yoel Gamzou, who most recently gained international fame with the reconstruction and premiere of the 10th Symphony by Gustav Mahler.
(Photos: Oran Greier)