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The Tallis Scholars · Klangforum Wien · Pomárico

 24 July 2017 at 9pm 

The Tallis Scholars · Klangforum Wien · Pomárico

Salzburger Festspiele
various, Salzburg, Austria
Austria
ttel.: +43-662-8045-500
http://www.salzburgfestival.at/

Lukas Schiske, Percussion
Björn Wilker, Percussion
The Tallis Scholars
Peter Phillips, Conductor (Ockeghem)
Katrien Baerts, Soprano
Klangforum Wien
Emilio Pomàrico, Conductor (Grisey)



‘His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as the light’, comments the Gospel of Matthew. The miraculous transfiguration of Jesus allowed the apostles to apprehend his divine nature, which transcended the boundaries of this world. Of all the arts, music may well most convincingly convey the feeling of an experience that goes beyond our material realm, promising a better state of being and the revelation of our true essence, freed from worldly constraints.

Sacred music, religiously inspired works and sounds which escape from earthly bonds will spark off one another in this year’s Ouverture spirituelle: from the vocal polyphony of the Renaissance to baroque, classical and romantic repertoire, and beyond, to the music of the twentieth century. With varying trajectories, the works chosen all revolve around the central idea of transfiguration. In Olivier Messiaen’s Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ for soloists, chorus and orchestra – an explosion of ringing light and blazing sounds – the term even appears in the title. The radiance of this work emanates throughout the rest of the programme, perhaps reaching its greatest potency in sacred spaces and the darkness of night. For this reason, some concerts are removed from the usual hustle and bustle of the Festival and scheduled to begin at a later hour.
We shall also join Monteverdi’s Orpheus as he descends to the underworld to rescue Eurydice, and perhaps our own senses of perception will themselves be transfigured by music which depicts the crossing of this same final threshold – specifically, music from great last works fully completed or left unfinished, including Mozart’s Requiem, the Quatre Chants pour franchir le seuil by Gérard Grisey and Gustav Mahler’s Ninth Symphony with its dying final pages, in which the musical line is slowly extinguished.



Gerard Grisey : Stèle for two percussionists
Johannes Ockeghem : Missa pro defunctis
Gerard Grisey : Quatre Chants pour franchir le seuil for soprano and 15 musicians
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