(photo: Holger Kettner)

Philharmonie »Late Night«

“Late Night” concert with Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená

This Late Night concert with Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená is delicate, enigmatic and virtuoso. The concert opens with Ravel’s gently flowing songs based on poems by Stéphane Mallarmé. Vocal artistry is in demand, in contrast, in Berio’s Sequenza III. The main work on this evening is Berio’s spherical Laborintus II for voices, instruments and tape.

Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

Dino Scandariato Speaker

Members of the Rundfunkchor Berlin

Isabelle Voßkühler, Anne Bretschneider, Barbara Berg Soprano

Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

Johanna Zimmer, Susanne Leitz-Lorey, Truike van der Poel, Guillermo Anzorena, Andreas Fischer, Martin Nagy Actors

Maria van Eldik, Matthias Horn Actor

Paul Jeukendrup Sound Direction

Maurice Ravel

Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé for voice and chamber ensemble

Luciano Berio

Sequenza III for female voice

Luciano Berio

Laborintus II for voices, instruments and tape

Dates and Tickets

Sat, 18 Mar 2017, 22:00

Philharmonie

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Programme

“I wished to transcribe Mallarmé’s poetry into music,” Maurice Ravel professed in his Autobiographical Sketch, “especially that preciosity so full of meaning and so characteristic of him. ‘Surgi de la croupe et du bond’ is the strangest, if not the most hermetic of his sonnets.” And in fact in 1913 the composer did set Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé to music; “Surgi de la croupe et du bond” is the third in the series, and the musical rendering proves utterly on a par with the poem’s word magic. Together with members of the Orchestra Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, Magdalena Kožená will present Ravel’s rarely heard song cycle, in which tonality sometimes ceases to apply.

The evening concludes with two compositions by Luciano Berio: the no less virtuoso Sequenza III for female voice, and Laborintus II for voices, instruments and tape, a work that can be presented as a theatrical event, tale, allegory, documentation, dance play, etc.

(photo: Holger Kettner)