(c)Elena Xausa
An event held by Netzwerk Kölner Chöre and KölnMusik

»Lob der Torheit«

Works of Stravinsky, Zimmermann und Poulenc | Anna Herbst - Soprano, Patrick Grahl - Tenor, Matthias Hoffmann - Bass, Kartäuserkantorei Köln, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Paul Krämer - Conductor
  • 15.05.2018 Tuesday 20:00 h, Kölner Philharmonie
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Igor Strawinsky »Symphony of Psalms« for mixed choir and orchestra (1930)
Bernd Alois Zimmermann »Lob der Torheit« for solo voices, choir and small orchestra text by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1948, rev. 1959)
Francis Poulenc »Stabat Mater« for soprano, choir and orchestra (1950/52)

Anna Herbst Soprano
Patrick Grahl Tenor
Sebastian Seitz Bass
Kartäuserkantorei Köln
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
Paul Krämer Conductor

Commemorative years entail their own idiosyncrasies. When a Goethe commemorative year was proclaimed in 1949, the »tongue-in-cheek wise man from Weimar, as well as the ‘quixotic’ and satirist Goethe […] got a raw deal« in the eyes of Bernd Alois Zimmermann. With his »burlesque cantata« for coloratura soprano, precentor, bass, mixed choir and orchestra, Zimmermann himself worked against this image. Premiered by the Gürzenich-Orchester conducted by Günter Wand, the work juxtaposes the cheerful on a par with the serious. At the same time, it provides a new perspective on Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s early work, in which, besides his great role model Stravinsky, a closeness to Kurt Weill and Carl Orff becomes palpable. This contribution to the Zimmermann year is framed by two special choral works: Igor Stravinsky’s extraordinarily orchestrated »Symphony of Psalms« and Francis Poulenc’s »Stabat mater«, in which the speed of the alternation in expression between a solemn mood and high spirits is maintained.