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Symphonieorchester and chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks with Peter Eötvös

in honour of PETER EÖTVÖS

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

Introductory talk: 6.45 pm with Michaela Fridrich


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 Chorus)
Florian Helgath, rehearsal conductor

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra)
Peter Eötvös, conductor


Tickets online

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.

The concert on the radio

BR-KLASSIK is broadcasting this concert on the radio at 20:05 on 21 May 2019.

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