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Peter Ruzicka`s “HÖLDERLIN SYMPHONIE“ Receives German Premiere in Saarbrücken

Peter Ruzicka once said that he knows of no other poet whose significance for us, at the beginning of a spiritually characterised 21st century, is as topical and important as that of Friedrich Hölderlin. In 2008 he dedicated his second opera to the poet of “Hyperion,” Friedrich Hölderlin (the first opera “CELAN” was also dedicated to a poet).

On 17 June 2012, the orchestral parts of this opera, brought together to form a HÖLDERLIN SYMPHONIE, will be given their German premiere in Saarbrücken. The composer himself will conduct the German Radio Philharmonic Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern. Ruzicka has commented on his HÖLDERLIN SYMPHONIE as follows:

“My HÖLDERLIN SYMPHONIE was composed after the premiere of my opera HÖLDERLIN at the Berlin State Opera (November 2008). The work is made up of essential symphonic parts of the opera, as well as four scenes for baritone and orchestra conceived as ‘Monologues of Empedocles.’ Within the opera, they stand as dramaturgically central moments of reflection and review. Rebellion is inscribed in them, but also failure and resignation. The opera is about the utopia of being able to tackle human life a second time – then purified through the philosophy of Hölderlin: a life of outer and inner freedom and self-determination of the individual.”

17 June 2012
Saarbrücken
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Congress Hall, 11 AM
(Introduction for the concert: 10:15 AM, Bistro/Congress Hall)
German premiere: Peter Ruzicka
HÖLDERLIN SYMPHONIE for baritone, chamber choir and orchestra
Thomas Bauer (baritone)
NDR Chor
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern
Peter Ruzicka (conductor)

 

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