Beethoven Day – Chamber Music 4

Pre-art soloists | Michael Engelhardt

Beethoven | Hölderlin

Sun, 30.08. | 13.30 | No. 20334

Kunstmuseum Luzern

Tickets as from Mon, 23 March 2020 | 12.00 (UTC + 1)

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Summer Festival

14.08.-13.09. 2020




    Beethoven Day – Chamber Music 4

    Pre-art soloists | Michael Engelhardt

    Pre-art soloists:  Boris Previšić, flute and concept | Matthias Arter, oboe | Azra Ramić, clarinet | Julia Schröder, violin | Lea Boesch, viola | Tobias Moster, cello | Aleksander Gabrys, double bass
    Michael Engelhardt  Sprecher

    “Nachtgesänge verfugt” (“Songs at Night Plus Fugue”)

    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Grosse Fuge B-Dur op. 133
    arranged for ensemble by Matthias Arter | world premiere
    Friedrich Hölderlin (1770–1843)
    Nachtgesänge: Chiron | Thränen | An die Hoffnung | Vulkan | Blödigkeit | Ganymed | Hälfte des Lebens | Lebensalter | Der Winkel von Hahrdt

    Co-production of pre-art and LUCERNE FESTIVAL

    Ludwig van Beethoven and Friedrich Hölderlin, each of whom is being honored for a milestone birthday in 2020, never met each other. Both were born in 1770, and both took art to extremes in the true sense of the word: take Beethoven with his Grosse Fuge, Op. 133, and Hölderlin with his cycle of poems Nachtgesänge, the peak of his oeuvre. In this “composed encounter,” the two masterpieces will gain an additional resonance. With this interweaving of tones and words – which seems highly organic through the quadripartite nature of the Grosse Fuge and the triadic form of the Nachtgesänge – the linguistic aspect of Beethoven’s music and the sounds of Hölderlin’s poetry are allowed to fertilize each other. Michael Engelhardt’s recitation and Matthias Arter’s new ensemble version of the Grosse Fuge highlight the richness of color, structures, and melodic character of these works. Yet each of them remains an “opus magnum” that challenges and enriches our listening experiences.

    “Freude for Future”

    Interventions all day long in and around the KKL Luzern | free admission

    Together with around 50 Students from the Canton School Alpenquai, the actor and reciter Michael Engelhardt will rehearse selected songs, hymns, and chants by Friedrich Hölderlin that are designed as choral speech. The texts involve Hölderlin’s sense of rebellion as well as his love of nature: an artistic echo of “Fridays for Future.”