Philipp Lachenmann: DELPHI Rationale



FinsterHERZ oder Orfeo17

01.09.2017, Berlin | On September 30, 2017, at 8 p.m., the ARENA Waschhaus in Potsdam will host the premiere of an audio-visual composition that deals with the topic of border-crossing in all its facets. FinsterHERZ oder Orfeo17 (DarkHEART or Orpheo17) by Helmut Oehring oscillates between the familiar and the foreign, communication and speechlessness, early and contemporary music, spoken and sign language, musicians and the audience. The composer and his artistic team develop the staged musical production not only with the orchestra of the Kammerakademie Potsdam and internationally renowned vocal and instrumental soloists, but also with deaf refugees and exiled musicians from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan/Kashmir, and Iran.

Portrait Helmut Oehring, Credit: Oellermann




22.05.2017, Berlin | In 2013, the composers Mauro Lanza and Andrea Valle began their collaboration on the four-part composition cycle SYSTEMA NATURAE, consisting of the compositions “Regnum animale” (2013), “Regnum vegetabile” (2014), “Regnum lapideum” (2016), and “Fossilia” (2016/17). On June 19, 2017, at 6 p.m. and at 9 p.m., the entire cycle will have its premiere in a performance by the Ensemble Mosaik at the Berlin Natural History Museum. Every part of the cycle takes as its subject a branch of nature or natural science. Here, the two composers refer to the medieval cataloging of research objects on the one hand and to the classification scheme of Carl von Linné’s “Systema Naturae” on the other hand.

Systema Naturae, Carl von Linné: cactus




10.11.2016, Berlin | Brimming with musical zest, filled with cheerful melancholy and serious gaiety – Yiddish songs touchingly tell of the golden land, sweet childhood years, love and pain. At the initiative of the Leipziger Synagogalchoir (Leipzig Choir for Synagogal Music), twelve of these songs have been newly arranged for choir in 2014 and 2015 and released on CD in October 2016. On December 14, 2016, the Leipziger Synagogalchor will come to Potsdam to present its new arrangements in a concert as part of the Louis Lewandowski Festival.

Members of the Leipziger Synagogalchor




20.07.2016, Berlin | On August 16 and 17, 2016, at 8 p.m., RADIALSYSTEM V will host the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie with its Biennial format FREISPIEL. Conducted by Sylvain Cambreling, the orchestra will present Rebecca Saunders’ composition Still, which has been choreographed by members of the Sasha Waltz & Guests dance company under the direction of Antonio Ruz. The idea and the arrangement are by Jochen Sandig. The solo part will be played by well-known violinist Carolin Widmann.

Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Foto: Achim Reissner



Unmöglichkeit I–IV

25.02.2016, Berlin | On the occasion of its ten-year anniversary in 2016, the Soloists’ Ensemble Kaleidoskop ventures to look both back and ahead: the four-part concert series Unmöglichkeit (Impossibility) I–IV is about endpoints and possible new beginnings. At different arts locations, the four concerts – “J’espère” (March 9 & 10, 2016), “Unbox” (April 15 & 16, 2016), “Alice” (April 28 & 29, 2016), and “Revue” (June 11, 2016) – open up association spaces to both the ensemble and its audience that hold out the hope of a new “clairaudience.” Searching for a musical standpoint and the ability to communicate this standpoint as well as the possibilities to make music together, Unmöglichkeit I–IV inquires into the existence of an absolute, indestructible idea of a work (of art).

Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, (c) Helge Krückeberg



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