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The Hague: Dutch Premiere of Alfred Schnittke’s “Nagasaki”

Alfred Schnittke's oratorio “Nagasaki”, composed in 1958 as a diploma thesis, stands at the beginning of the composer's oeuvre. The work is based on poems by Russian and Japanese poets who come to terms with the war as a central theme.

“Nagasaki” was vehemently criticised in Russia due to its expressionistic and modernistic attitude. In accordance with Schnittke’s wish, the work was neither performed nor published during his lifetime. It was only in late 2006 that the world premiere was given during the course of the First International Summer Festival in Cape Town by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes.

The mezzo soprano Maria Fiselier, the Haags Toonkunstkoor and the Symfonieorkest De Philharmonie Amsterdam will now perform the Dutch premiere of the oratorio on 15 December 2012 under the direction of Daan Admiral in The Hague.

15 December 2012
The Hague
Anton Philips Zaal, 8:15 PM
Dutch premiere: Alfred Schnittke
”Nagasaki“. Oratorio for mezzo soprano, choir and orchestra
Maria Fiselier (mezzo soprano)
Haags Toonkunstkoor
Symfonieorkest De Philharmonie Amsterdam
Daan Admiral (direction)

Further performance: 16 December in Amsterdam (Beurs van Berlage, 8 PM)


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