- Starting Time: 11 am
Venue: Semperoper Dresden
Free introductory talk
- held in the Semper Opera House cellar 45 minutes before curtain-up
Birdsong and Indian rhythms, expressive gestures and the sounds of the Indonesian gamelan. There is hardly another work in the canon which so thoroughly embodies stylistic pluralism as Olivier Messiaen’s »Turangalîla-Symphonie«, written in 1949. As the composer himself noted, this is a hymn to »superhuman, overflowing, blinding and boundless joy«. The musical protagonists of this Tristan-like love song are, in addition to the manifold colours of a massive orchestra, an astonishingly virtuoso piano part and the use of the Ondes Martenot, an electro-acoustic keyboard instrument developed in the 1920s, which produces a sound that’s a cross between a singing saw and the human voice.
Oliver Messiaen »Turangalîla-Symphonie« für Klavier, Ondes Martenot und großes Orchester
More info: staatskapelle-dresden.de