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Upcoming World Premiere of “12 Songs of a Love” [complete cycle] by Daniel Smutny

The German Choral Festival in Stuttgart consists of 100 concerts given by 500 choirs. Stuttgart will be the German capital of singing from 26 to 29 May 2016: under the motto “Stuttgart Is All Choir!” tens of thousands of choral singers from all over the world will make the city their stage.

The Mannheim composer Daniel Smutny wrote his work “12 Songs of a Love” for mixed choir (with soloists) and piano four-hands in 2014 in response to a commission from the SWR. The entire cycle will receive its world premiere at the opening concert of the German Choral Festival on 26 May 2016 at the Liederhalle in Stuttgart. The pianists Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen will perform, accompanied by the SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Florian Helgath.

The concert announcement of the organisers reads as follows:
Old love composed anew: parts of Daniel Smutny’s major choral cycle “Songs of a Love” were already performed by the SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble (2015); it can now be heard in its entirety at the opening of the German Choral Festival. Smutny’s work is a confrontation with about 800 years of vocal music history based on love poems of the Romantic period. It is a cycle of love songs that reflects how much past there is in our present, but is nonetheless completely of today. This virtuoso and highly variegated vocal music is on the same programme with Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes, which inspired Smutny to create his composition for the same ensemble – four vocal parts and piano four hands.

26 May 2016
Liederhalle, Hegelsaal, 8 PM
World premiere: Daniel Smutny
“12 Songs of a Love” for mixed choir (incl. soloist) and piano four-hands (complete cycle)
Yaara Tal / Andreas Groethuysen (both piano)
SWR Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble
Florian Helgath (direction)


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