Hugh Wolff, Mischa Maisky (cello), Ilker Arcayürek (tenor) & Octopus (men's choir)
Hans Werner Henze, Le Fils de l'air: Erkolnig
Piotr Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme, op. 33, TH 57 (version Fitzenhagen)
Franz Liszt, Eine Faust-Symphonie
As part of Klarafestival
The devil's pact
Evil has the Klara Festival in its grip this year. The festival follows in the footsteps of Dr Faust and places its soul in Mephistopheles' hands. An appetite for comprehensive knowledge and disobedience plays a key role in this Faustian programme.
Franz Liszt took Goethe’s Faust on all his travels. In his Faust Symphony (1857), Liszt paints the portraits of the three main characters, Dr Faust, his love Gretchen and Mephistopheles, in a sophisticated way. Blinded by lust and ambition, Faust sold his soul to the devil. Salvation comes through the eternal female — the purity of spirit is immune to the devil's temptations. Freed from Mephistopheles' grip, angels lead Faust to heaven.
“My son, why do you hide your face in fear?” Werner Henze’s desperate father tries to protect his child from the grim spirit of the Erlköning (1996). The malicious Fairy King, who escapes from Schubert's eponymous song inspired by Goethe’s ballad, spreads his tentacles over Hans Werner Henze’s sinister composition. If we can believe Tchaikovsky, the devil took possession of his Rococo Variations. Without the composer's knowledge, cellist Wilhelm Fitzhagen made changes before the premiere in 1877. Tchaikovsky was furious!
Born in Paris to American parents, Wolff spent his early years in London and Washington DC.
Born in Latvia, educated in Russia, after his repatriation to Israel, Mischa Maisky has been enthusiastically received in London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, New York and Toky
Voted into the top ten of a „new generation of rising stars“ and hailed for his „golden“ voice by Opera Now Magazine, Ilker Arcayürek is the winner of the 2016 Int
Octopus is een veelzijdig ensemble dat naar buiten treedt in wisselende bezettingen van 24 tot 80 zangers onder de vorm van het Octopus Kamerkoor en het Octopus Symfonisc