Concert

Late Night Trio

Anna Prohaska | Nicolas Altstaedt | Francesco Corti

Please note: The concert ENDOR can unfortunately not take place due to illness and will be rescheduled as soon as possible. Tickets already purchased remain valid. Soprano Anna Prohaska has fallen ill and had to cancel her performance at short notice on medical advice. Musikfest Berlin is working with the artists to find a date as soon as possible to make up for the concert.

Paolo Monti, “Composition Nature morte”, 1950

Paolo Monti, “Composition Nature morte”, 1950

© Paolo Monti – serie fotografica (Venezia, 1950) – BEIC 6346778, detail, CC BY-SA 4.0

Past Dates

The soprano Anna Prohaska, the cellist Nicolas Altstaedt and harpsichordist Francesco Corti are equally at home in the music of the Baroque era as in contemporary music. For the Musikfest Berlin, they developed a programme together that explores themes of linguistic confusion, loneliness, despair, and death: Franz Tunder, main organist at Lübeck’s main church, the Marienkirche, has insightfully set to music the psalm song “An Wasserflüssen Babylon”, whose text recalls the painful experiences of the people of Israel during the Babylonian exile. In his oratorio “Saul”, Georg Friedrich Händel depicts the dramatic conflict between David and Saul and gives voice to the biblically transmitted “Witch of Endor”. Wolfgang Rihm’s latest composition “Gebet der Hexe von Endor”, which will be premiered in this concert, is set in the same context. Also featured are two songs by the English composer John Tavener on verses by the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, whose late work was strongly influenced by the horrors of the Stalin era, as well as expressive instrumental works for violoncello and harpsichord. The concert concludes with another world premiere: “Sister Death” by Jörg Widmann, a scene from the opera “Babylon”, which explores the limitations and the confusion of language.

Concert Programme

John Tavener (1944 – 2013)
Dante
from: Akhmatova Songs (1993)
for soprano and violoncello

Franz Tunder (1614 – 1667)
An Wasserflüssen Babylon (1645)
for soprano, violoncello and organ

Vincenzo Bonizzi (died 1630)
„Pis ne me peux venir“ (1626)
Passeggiata for violoncello and harpsichord

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 – 1759)
Vo' far guerra
from: Rinaldo, 2nd act HWV 57 (1711)
for soprano, violoncello and organ

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 – 1759)
Author of Peace
from: Saul, 2nd act HWV 53 (1738)
for soprano, violoncello and organ

Alexander Cherepnin (1899 – 1977)
Tartar Dance
from: Songs and Dances (1953)
for violoncello and harpsichord

Luciano Berio (1925 – 2003)
Abbagnata, Ninna Nanna, Ladata
from: Naturale (1985)
for violoncello, organ and tape

Joseph-Nicolas Scythes-Pancrace Royer (1703 – 1755)
Marche des Scythes
from: Premier livre des pièces de clavecin (1746)
for harpsichord

Wolfgang Rihm (*1952)
Gebet der Hexe von Endor
from the materials for the play Saul by Botho Strauß
Cantata or soprano and violoncello

Composition commissioned by Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin

World premiere

John Tavener
Smert (Tod)
from: Akhmatova Songs (1993)
for soprano and violoncello

Georg Friedrich Händel
Infernal Spirits
from: Saul, 3rd act, 2nd scene HWV 53 (1738)
for soprano, violoncello and organ

Marin Marais (1656 – 1728)
Le Tourbillon from: Suite d’Un Goût Étranger (1717)
for violoncello and harpsichord

Georg Friedrich Händel
Credete al Mio Dolore
from: Alcina, 3rd act, 1st scene HWV 34 (1735)
for soprano, violoncello and organ

Heinrich Scheidemann (1596 – 1663)
Pavana Lachrymae d-Moll WV 106
for harpsichord

Jörg Widmann (*1973)
Sister Death
underworld scene from Babylon
adapted for soprano, violoncello and keyboard instruments
Text by Peter Sloterdijk

Composition commissioned by Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin

World premiere

Cast

Anna Prohaska soprano
Nicolas Altstaedt cello
Francesco Corti organ, harpsichord

A Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin event