Dutch premiere of Lera Auerbach’s ”Evas Klage”

Lera Auerbach’s orchestral work “Evas Klage” has already been premiered in many countries. The Dutch premiere in Utrecht will follow on February 28, 2020. It plays the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Hilversum under the direction of Karina Canellakis. The work was commissioned by the RSO Vienna, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Hilversum and the Vienna Konzerthaus.

Lera Auerbach says about “Evas Klage":
"The title of the composition, ‘Evas Klage’ is a reference to John Milton's" Paradise Lost ". I was particularly inspired by Milton's phrase 'O flowers that will never bloom' - a phrase that can never be seen as a delicate metaphor for women who never fully unfold - women who, because of a certain atmosphere and environment, must never unleash their full potential.
This music is rather tragic in nature, but it also has a certain sense of humor. This comes through two melodic quotes: The first quote comes from Purcell's song called 'What can we poor females do?' - 'What can we do poor women?' - a very legitimate question!
There are possible answers hidden in the music. The first answer comes with the help of Purcell's second quote - a theme from his song 'Music for a While' - translated: 'Music for a while':
So - what can women do? We can just make music for a while. My personal answer could be found in the constantly rising melodic line towards the end of the piece.
Perhaps the answer would be to stand up, to stand above it, to keep an overview, to recognize the lost paradise as the own inner light of childhood - a light from a still undefined world, in which we were just given all possibilities ”.
Lera Auerbach

02/28/2020
Utrecht
NLEA Lera Auerbach,
“Evas Klage" for orchestra
(Radio Filharmonic Orkest Hilversum
Lead: Karina Canellakis)
Commissioned by the RSO Vienna, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Hilversum and the Wiener Konzerthaus

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