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Numerous Local Premieres of Lera Auerbach’s “72 Angels: In splendore lucis“ for Choir and Saxophone Quartet

The work “72 Angels: In splendore lucus“ for choir and saxophone quartet by Lera Auerbach is being performed all over the world. This work, composed in 2016 and premiered in Amsterdam, was commissioned by the Nederlands Kamerkoor, Radiokören Stockholm, Cracow Singers, Chorverband Steiermark-Vocalforum Graz Collegium musicale Tallinn, CHOREOS Osnabrück and the Zurich Sing-Akademie and Collegium Vocale of the Franciscans in Lucerne.
Already in 2007 this work was given numerous premieres in the most varied countries. In 2018 we can report on the Swedish premiere on 20 January 2018 in Stockholm with the Swedish Radio Choir and the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet under the direction of Peter Dijkstra. The Zurich Sing-Akademie and the Collegium Vocale of the Franciscans in Lucerne with the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet conducted by Andreas Felber will give the Swiss premiere in Lucerne on 10 March 2018. On the next day, these interpreters will also present the “72 Angels” in Zurich. Moreover, the work will receive its Hungarian premiere on 21 April 2018 in Budapest with the Cracow Singers and the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet conducted by Karol Kusz.
 
The composer has supplied the following commentary:
:“’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.”

European premieres of Lera Auerbach’s „72 Angels: In splendore lucis“ in 2018:

20.01.2018                   
Stockholm                              
Swedish premiere:
Lera Auerbach,                                                                                                     
“72 Angels“ for Choir and Saxophone Quartet                                     
(Swedish Radio Choir, Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, cond.: Peter Dijkstra)

10.03.2018                   
Lucerne                                   
Swiss premiere:
(Zurich Sing-Akademie and Collegium vocale of the Franciscans in Lucerne, Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, cond.: Andreas Felber)

21.04.2018                   
Budapest                                
Hungarian premiere: 
(Cracow Singers, Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, cond.: Karol Kusz)

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