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Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

 01 September 2012 at 11 am 

Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

Lucerne Festival

Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

“What is eternity?” asks the Silesian Baroque poet Angelus Silesius in one of his mysterious epigrams, only to provide a paradoxical answer: “It is not this, not that, / Not now, not aught, not nothing; it is I know not what.” Heinz Holliger has set ten poems from Angelus Silesius’ “The Cherubic Pilgrim” to music, all of which revolve around metaphysical questions of nothingness, space, time, and the nature of God. The same can be said of the other works on this Sunday matinee program of a cappella music. For example, Michael Jarrell grapples with a fragment of the Greek philosopher Parmenides, while in his musical-dramatic cycle LICHT (“Light”), Karlheinz Stockhausen once again undertook a comprehensive worldview at the end of the 20th century. The Neuen Vocalsolisten Stuttgart will present the concluding text from “Wednesday” in the LICHT cycle—a composition Stockhausen incorporated into the design of his own grave.

Michael Jarrell : “… car le pensé et l'être sont une même chose …”
Heinz Holliger : nicht Ichts – nicht Nichts.
Salvatore Sciarrino : Tre canti senza pietre
Karlheinz Stockhausen : “Menschen, hört” from “Mittwoch aus LICHT”

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