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Musikfest Berlin

Ensemble Musikfabrik

Enno Poppe conductor

Donatienne Michel-Dansac soprano

Andrew Watts Countertenor

Paul Jeukendrup Klangregie

Harrison Birtwistle direction

Rebecca Saunders

Yes a spatialised performance for Soprano, 19 Soloists and Conductor

Ensemble Musikfabrik, Enno Poppe conductor, Donatienne Michel-Dansac soprano, Andrew Watts Countertenor, Paul Jeukendrup Klangregie

Harrison Birtwistle

Cortege – a ceremony for fourteen musicians in memory of Michael Vyner

Ensemble Musikfabrik, Donatienne Michel-Dansac soprano, Paul Jeukendrup Klangregie

Harrison Birtwistle

26 Orpheus Elegies for oboe, harp and countertenor

Ensemble Musikfabrik, Andrew Watts Countertenor

interleaved with

John Dowland

Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares (arr. for seven instruments by Harrison Birtwistle)

Ensemble Musikfabrik, Paul Jeukendrup Klangregie, Harrison Birtwistle direction

Dates and Tickets

Sat, 09 Sep 2017, 19:00

Chamber Music Hall | Introduction: 18:00

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Orpheus and Ulysses are mythical literary archetypes. Sagas, dramas and fantasies about these figures have permeated the arts since Greek antiquity. Monteverdi’s operas stand like landmarks in this long cultural history – and it is still going on. Works by two contemporary composers in this programme cast a modern, expert look at immortalised and new sources. Following his opera The Mask of Orpheus, Sir Harrison Birtwistle composed its chamber music counterpart. Using just voice, oboe and harp, he leads us into the world of ancient vocalists. As a textual background, Birtwistle chose 26 of Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus. They are partly sung whole, partly in fragments, and sometimes only in addition to purely instrumental pieces: they are present without being articulated in words. For this concert, Rebecca Saunders composed “a one-hour spatial work for the Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonic” (Edition Peters). A modern-day Ulysses served as a literary source: James Joyce’s Ulysses, and especially Molly Bloom’s closing monologue that ends with an almighty “yes”.

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