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Lera Auerbach’s “72 Angels. In splendore lucis” Receives World Premiere in Amsterdam

The anxiously awaited world premiere of Lera Auerbach’s “72 Angels. In splendore lucis” for choir and saxophone quartet will be given at the Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ in Amsterdam on 3 November 2016, performed by the Nederlands Kamerkoor under the direction of Peter Dijkstras and the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet.

Further performances of “72 Angels” in the Netherlands will be presented on 5 November (Zwolle, Grote Kerk), 10 November (Den Bosch, Festival “November Music”) and 12 November (Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg) with the same interpreters.

The Austrian premiere of the work, completed in 2016, will be then given in Graz on 19 November 2016 during the course of the choral festival “Voices of Spirit”. The Raschèr Saxophone Quartet will perform together with the Vocalforum Graz under the direction of Franz Herzog.

“72 Angels” is a commissioned work by Nederlands Kamerkoor, Radiokören Stockholm, Cracow Singers, Chorverband Steiermark - Vocalforum Graz, Collegium musicale Tallinn, CHOREOS Osnabrück and Zürcher Sing-Akademie und Collegium Vocale zu Franziskanern Luzern.

The composer has supplied the following commentary on her new composition:
“72 Angels is an expansive work for mixed choir and saxophone quartet. It is structured in the form of 72 prelude-evocations and an epilogue: ‘Amen.’ Each prelude sets one of the 72 names derived through an arcane interpretation of Exodus 14:19-21. Angelic beings, spiritual guides, higher energies or messengers are a common theme throughout many belief systems in human history. In addition to the concept of angels shared by the Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism, there are the Devas and Apsara of Buddhism and Hinduism, the Amesha Spenta, Fravashi and Yazatas of Zoroastrianism, to name a few.
The 72 preludes are interconnected and performed without pauses, creating a continuous composition rather than 72 separate short pieces. Structurally, the work divides into two parts at prelude 36 and in three sections at preludes 24 and 48, representing unity and division: two in one (duality) and three in one (trinity). At these demarcation points, all of the already-introduced names of angels are recited. The piece concludes with Amen, a quiet postlude-meditation.”

3 November 2016
Muziekgebouw aan't IJ, Great Hall, 8:15 PM
World premiere: Lera Auerbach
“72 Angels. In splendore lucis” for choir and saxophone quartet
Nederlands Kamerkoor
Raschèr Saxophone Quartet
Peter Dijkstra (direction)

19 November 2016
Herz-Jesu-Kirche, 8 PM
Austrian premiere: Lera Auerbach
“72 Angels. In splendore lucis” for choir and saxophone quartet
Vocalforum Graz
Raschèr Saxophone Quartet
Franz Herzog (direction)


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