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Wherever God Is, a Brandauer Is There, Too

Stephan Hoffmann published a contribution concerning the Feldkirch Festival in the daily paper "Die Welt"/Feuilleton (13.06.2003), which this year stood under the motto "Traces of God." On 30 May 2003, Jan Mller-Wieland's epiphany "King of the Night" for speaker, singers and orchestra, based upon a text collage by the composer, received its world premiere at the Montforthaus in Feldkirch. None other than Klaus Maria Brandauer took on the speaker's part.

Hoffmann's critique is as follows:

"During the entire piece, an actor always plays himself, too. This is especially true of the superstar Klaus Maria Brandauer. To be sure, one could have applied the gigantic role of a great sufferer, great creator and great negator much more simply and with less extroversion, but Brandauer's version is at least a possible, highly diverting and, of course, a perfectly realised interpretation in terms of technique. It is about a spectacular trio, namely Job, God and Satan. Brandauer is, of course, all of these put together in Jan Mller-Wieland's 'King of the Night,' an oratorio-like work, convincingly premiered by Thomas Hengelbrock's Feldkirch Festival.

"This year's festival theme is 'Traces of God,' and Mller-Wieland's Job paraphrase was commissioned just for this. It is, also aside from Brandauer's so dominating role, an extremely effectively composed piece, which one can only criticise on the grounds of there being no further performances planned. A work like this would surely meet with great interest, for there are not all that many contemporary oratorios of acceptable quality."