On 30 September Michael Wendeberg conducts the Ensemble Modern at the Alte Oper as part of the Musikfest Frankfurt. The festival’s theme is “Fremd bin ich” (“I am a stranger”); as such, the concert explores the space between life and death as the ultimate experience of strangeness. On the programme are works by Schubert, Gérard Grisey and Mark Andre; the soloist will be Anna Palimina.
Gérard Grisey’s Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil is a setting of texts that adopt a philosophical stance towards death, including French lyrics, lines from ancient Egyptian sarcophagi, Ancient Greek texts and an excerpt from the Epic of Gilgamesh. Mark Andre’s riss 3, premiered in 2016 by Ensemble Musikfabrik, is part of a trilogy that was completed last season, with the final part being premiered by the Ensemble intercontemporain. Preceding these works will be Schubert’s Totengräbers Heimweh.
Alte Oper Frankfurt