Düsseldorfer Symphoniker & Leiko Ikemura: Sternzeichen

Memento Mori I, 2021, bronze, silver galvanized, 28 x 47 x 130 cm. © Leiko Ikemura and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022

Fanny Hensel: Oratorium nach Bildern der Bibel

Modest Mussorgsky: Eine Nacht auf dem Kahlen Berge (Edit: Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow)

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Die erste Walpurgisnacht Op. 60

The celebrated Japanese contemporary artist Leiko Ikemura invents a visual resonance space for the large symphony concert of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and the Städtischer Musikverein. Ikemura's works live from their permeability and intensity, with which they open up new spaces of experience for the viewer. Set in surreal landscapes, her figures pose existential questions about the human condition.

And such questions are also at stake in Fanny Hensel's Oratorium nach Worten der Bibel, which the composer wrote under the impression of the cholera epidemic in 1831. At that time, four times as many people died in Berlin as in Corona's first year. An exciting dialogue not only of sound and image, but also of yesterday and a today to which epidemics are all too familiar.

Fanny Hensel was a great figure in the musical life of Berlin, and her cantata was a deep bow and a glimmer of hope in that time. With her composition, Hensel demonstrates an exceptional talent, who could not attain the rank of her brother only because of social norms.

Also on the Sternzeichen program are Mussorgsky's Eine Nacht auf dem kahlen Berge and Mendelssohn's Die erste Walpurgisnacht. Schumann guest David Reiland conducts.

Düsseldorfer Symphoniker
Anke Krabbe SOPRAN
Katrin Wundsam MEZZOSOPRAN
Thomas E. Bauer BARITON
Maximilian Schmitt TENOR
Miklós Sebestyén BASS-BARITON
Chor des Städtischen Musikvereins zu Düsseldorf
Dennis Hansel-Dinar EINSTUDIERUNG
David Reiland DIRIGENT

Source: https://www.tonhalle.de/presse/2022-05-duesseldorfer-symphoniker-leiko-ikemura

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