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Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Peter Eötvös

in honour of PETER EÖTVÖS

Friday, 3 May 2019 | Herkulessaal der Residenz | 8.00 pm

Introductory talk: 6.45 pm

Peter Eötvös (c) Astrid Ackermann
Peter Eötvös (c) Astrid Ackermann

Peter Eötvös [*1944]

The gliding of the eagle in the skies [2011/16]
for orchestra

Alle vittime senza nome [2016]
for orchestra

Halleluja – Oratorium balbulum [2015]
Four fragments for mezzo-soprano, tenor, speaker, chorus and orchestra
Text by Péter Esterházy, German translation by György Buda


Matthias Brandt, speaker

Iris Vermillion, mezzo-soprano

Eric Stokloßa, tenor

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Choir)
Florian Helgath, rehearsal conductor

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra)

Peter Eötvös, conductor


Tickets online

via Phone (Mo – Fr 9 am – 5.30 pm): 0800 5900 594 (national) or +49 89 5900 10880 (international).

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About the programme

Maybe music cannot change the world, but it can certainly hold up a mirror to its absurdities. And this is precisely what the music of Peter Eötvös does! Oratorium balbulum – Halleluja, to a libretto by the Hungarian writer Péter Esterházy, is a merry but wily stocktaking of our present day. At its centre is a stuttering prophet who, faced with the state of our world, simply cannot manage to make any predictions about the future. The gliding of the eagle in the skies was composed in 2016 on a commission from the Basque national orchestra, Euskadiko Orkestra. Eötvös took his inspiration from the image of an eagle soaring high in the sky, a figure from a Basque song that the composer considers the ne plus ultra of complete liberty. Alle vittime senza nome (To the nameless victims) was prompted by shocking pictures of the refugee tragedy. It is a three-movement orchestral piece recalling the numberless human beings who have perished in the Mediterranean on the way to a better life.

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