OsterKlang´10: In hora mortis


Friday, 2th April 2010,
7.30 pm

  1. 02.04.2010
  2. 7:30 p.m.


Johann Sebastian Bach
Suite No. 2 in D minor for solo cello, BWV 1008

Thomas Bernhard
In hora mortis, poem cycle 1958

Johann Sebastian Bach
Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004

Ottorino Respighi
Il Tramonto (The Sunset)
for mezzo-soprano & string quartet
Musicalisation of the poem The Sunset (1816) by P. B. Shelley

The Good Friday concert in the Minoritenkirche focuses on music and the spoken word: In hora mortis – at the hour of death. Peter Simonischek reads extracts from Thomas Bernhard’s cycle of poems about unfulfilled yearnings, great affliction, grief, lamentation and despair. Grief is also a central theme of the poem The Sunset by the English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. It tells the story of two lovers: a couple are walking in the evening sun when the man realises he has never really seen the sun and wishes to look upon it the next day with his lady. But next morning the lady discovers her lover dead. She lives on, tending her father and dying after years spent in humble acceptance of her grief. The theme of love and death moved the composer Ottorino Respighi to write a work full of passion, deciding in the original version to use the intimate arrangement of mezzo-soprano and string quartet. At this year’s OsterKlang, Angelika Kirchschlager, Christian Altenburger, Holger Groh, Thomas Selditz and Franz Bartolomey interpret Respighi’s Il Tramonto.