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 [*1944]
The gliding of the eagle in the skies [2011/16]
Alle vittime senza nome 
Halleluja – Oratorium balbulum 
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
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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.