Luigi Nono: Musikfest Berlin

Ensemble Modern, © Photo: Manu Theobald

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Ensemble Modern, Schola Heidelberg, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and soloists present a fascinating acoustical voyage of discovery with Luigi Nono's Prometeo at the "musikfest berlin 2011".

During the last years of his life, Luigi Nono redefined music theatre. His "Prometeo" became a key work of this genre, and its influence continues to be felt on today’s composers – in the areas of experimental music theatre, concert music, sound installations, musical spatial collage and sound art. With the ancient myth of Prometheus as its point of departure, "Prometeo" is a philosophical and artistic reflection on humanity, utopias, failure and hope. Passages of texts by Aeschylus, Friedrich Hölderlin, Walter Benjamin, Friedrich Nietzsche and Rainer Maria Rilke mark out the framework of content but are not set to music in the traditional sense. The sung texts in "Prometeo" are in part normal, in part electronically alienated, at times determining the direction of the music only as traces or even silently. The parameters of space and timbre take on enormous significance compared with the traditional constants of pitch and rhythm. Through the combination of varied chamber-musical instrumental groups, live electronics and spatially distributed vocalists, the sounds in "Prometeo" assume unimagined dimensions. The work will be performed in the Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie, the same venue where in 1988 "Prometeo" received its Berlin premiere in the presence of Luigi Nono.

Elin Rombo soprano / Silke Evers soprano
Susanne Otto alto / Noa Frenkel alto
Hubert Mayer tenor
Caroline Chaniolleau speaker
Mathias Jung speaker
Instrumental soloists of the Ensemble Modern
Schola Heidelberg / Walter Nußbaum coach
Konzerthausorchester Berlin
Experimentalstudio des SWR
André Richard head of sound direction / artistic coordination
Matilda Hofman conductor (II)
Arturo Tamayo conductor (I)

Duration: approx. 2,5 h without intermission

A production of the musikfest berlin / Berliner Festspiele
in collaboration with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin,
the Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker and the Salzburger Festspiele.
Supported by means from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds

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