21ST CENTURY VOICES
Henze’s Voices together with contemporary protest songs
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
London Sinfonietta demonstrates the commissioning boldness for which it is known in this unflinching critique of modern society. Contrasting movements from Hans Werner Henze’s “brilliantly colorful” song cycle Voices, originally commissioned by the London Sinfonietta in 1973, with contemporary responses illustrating the frustrations and injustices of life 50 years on.
Henze’s seminal work sets a range of poems from across the globe with a common theme of oppression and resistance and still sound as provocatively relevant today as they did in the London Sinfonietta’s early days. Taking this as a starting point, composers living and working today will compare and contrast societal issues around the world in their own original protest songs.
Part of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2023.
Hans Werner Henze Song 1: Los poetas cubanos ya no sueñan from Voices
Anna Korsun Haamu
Hans Werner Henze Song 4: Electric Cop from Voices
Charles Uzor Parmenides Prooimion
Hans Werner Henze Song 6: 42 Schulkinder from Voices
Riikka Talvitie Green Tress
Hans Werner Henze Song 13: Das wirkliche Messer from Voices
Tyshawn Sorey Requiem for a Plague: Coda
Hans Werner Henze Song 14: Recht und billig from Voices
Auclair In Solidarity with Striking Workers
Hans Werner Henze Song 16: Screams from Voices
Mariam Rezaei Azadi/Freedom
Hans Werner Henze Song 19: Roses from Voices
Christian Karlsen conductor
Carina Vinke mezzo-soprano
Anna Korsun contralto
Peter Tantsits tenor
Mariam Rezaei turntables
Jonathan Green sound projection
This event is produced by the London Sinfonietta.
The work of the London Sinfonietta is supported by Arts Council England and the John Ellerman Foundation.
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