Based on a series of poems by his sister Zofia, Karol Szymanowski composed the colourful and glittering 6 Songs of the Fairy Princess in 1915. The princess of the six songs remains mysteriously undefined; Love is her only, recurrent theme.
By withdrawing into internal phantasy during a time of war, Szymanowski found an opportunity to retreat into a dream-world, and composing songs remained an important part of his lifelong work; in 1933 he arranged three of the six princess songs for voice and orchestra. However, it took nearly 80 years until the Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo arranged the other three songs, so that now, for the first time, all of the Songs of the Fairy Princess Songs for voice and orchestra can be heard.
Sakari Oramo conducted the first complete performance of the six songs in April 2012; from 31 October until 1 November they will be performed at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt am Main by Anu Komsi and the hr-sinfonieorchester under Sakari Oramo.
6 Songs of the Fairy Princess
for high voice and orchestra | 15’
31/10/2012 – 1/11/2012, Frankfurt am Main; Anu Komsi, s; hr-sinfonieorchester, cond. Sakari Oramo
Arvo Pärt’s vocal works have always been based on their text, especially since the Credo from 1968. Broken down into its separate parts, dissected and carefully transferred to the music, the text is both the source – the germ from which the work’s entire structure unfolds – and also the goal. ECM has included predominantly more recent or recently reworked compositions by Arvo Pärt on this CD. The title composition Adam’s Lament is one of his major works. The words of the monk Silouan with the key message of love and humility occupy great strength of poetic expression for the composer.
The 7 Klangräume by Georg Friedrich Haas will be performed on 27 October in New York. At the end of April 1791, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart applied for the position of second Kapellmeister at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, hoping to inherit the position from Leopold Hofmann, the incumbent Kapellmeister. The City Council of Vienna accepted Mozart’s petition in a letter dated 9 May, 1791. The composer Georg Friedrich Haas used this strongly worded decree as a basis for the text in the vocal passages of his Sieben Klangräume accompanying the unfinished fragments of Mozart’s Requiem KV 626.
7 Klangräume (2005)
for choir and orchestra | 28'
27/10/2012 New York
Argento Chamber Ensemble, c. Michel Galante
It is with great sadness that we share the news of Francis Burt’s passing away on 3 October. We refer to Francis Burt’s website for further information.
Happy Birthday Darius Milhaud!
See a list of works by Milhaud published by Universal Edition.