Opening concert of the Berlin creations concert series – The 1910s : Necks with Crosses

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10. August 2020

Zafraan Ensemble celebrates its 10th anniversary ! DO NOT MISS IT !!!

SAVE THE DATE : Sep 27th, 2020 at 7h30 PM at Radialsystem Berlin !

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For its tenth anniversary, i.e. the tenth of a century, the Zafraan Ensemble has a very ambitious project in mind. In a series of ten chamber concerts, the story of Berlin from the 1910s to the present day will be told as a musical one.
Contemporary music history is turned into history, across two world wars and five forms of government.

It begins, nothing else would be conceivable, directly with a heavyweight, one could even say – if it weren’t for the music of the 20th century – with a hit: Pierrot Lunaire by Schönberg. In the end, even Puccini applauded it. But Hanns Eisler, whom we will certainly meet again later, was so impressed that he used Pierrot as a blueprint for his setting of Morgenstern’s Palmström. And he was not the last; the treatment of voices and the cast of Schönberg influenced the ensemble and vocal composition beyond measure and time, even up to Enno Poppe, 85 years later. With his quintet Erased Songs, he imitates the cyclical circles of the song without solidifying it as a scheme. Layers of material cross in a playful way, “Heil‘ge Kreuze” give bright colors that shimmer but do not dissonate. “You could perhaps describe my chords as bent spectral chords,” Poppe sums up, “or as dented nature”.

The 1910s: Necks with Crosses

Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951)
Pierrot Lunaire op. 21 (UA Berlin 1912)

Hanns Eisler (1898-1962)
Palmström op.5 (1925)

Enno Poppe (*1969)
Gelöschte Lieder (1996-99)

Florian Wessel (*1991 )
absinthe (UA,2020)

Zafraan Ensemble (Flute: Liam Mallett
Clarinet: Horia Dumitrache (guest)
Violin/Viola: Emmanuelle Bernard
Cello: Martin Smith
Piano: Clemens Hund-Göschel
Soprano: Eva Resch
Conductor: Miguel Pérez Iñesta
Presentation : Mark Scheibe

Artistic direction: M. Smith, J. Gerhard, C. Hund-Göschel
Concept: M. Smith, S. Weihrauch, S. Solte, J. Gerhard