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Jan Müller-Wieland: World Premiere of “Egmonts Freiheit oder Böhmen liegt am Meer”

“He can do both: comedy and sorrow,” was the verdict of Hans Werner Henze on his pupil Jan Müller-Wieland, who is as gifted in his dramatic instinct as in his delicate sensitivity for setting words to music. Müller-Wieland’s new melodrama “Egmonts Freiheit oder Böhmen liegt am Meer” (Egmont’s Liberation or Bohemia Lies by the Ocean) for reciter, soprano, choir and orchestra, based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Franz Grillparzer, Ingeborg Bachmann, Georg Trakl, Karl Kraus and Joseph Roth, was commissioned by the Munich Philharmonic, who will perform the world premiere with the soprano Claudia Barainsky, Klaus Maria Brandauer (reciter) and the Munich Philharmonic Choir under the direction of the composer on 27 November 2014 at the Gasteig in Munich.

Jan Müller-Wieland has already created two remarkable melodramas: “Der Knacks” (2009) and “King of the Night”, the new version of which was premiered on 13 November 2014 with Klaus Maria Brandauer and the NDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock in Hamburg. With his new melodrama, Müller-Wieland turns to a tragic hero of world literature, the freedom fighter Egmont. Müller-Wieland has created an intriguing collage out of verses from Goethe’s tragedy, together with poems of Ingeborg Bachmann and Georg Trakl as well as excerpts from Karl Kraus’s “Die letzten Tage der Menschheit” (The Last Days of Mankind). “I am concerned with feelings, associations, images, scenes and texts”, Müller-Wieland outlines his premises. “By setting them to music, I would like to transport them to a level of reality as I experience and have experienced them.”

Further performances of “Egmonts Freiheit oder Böhmen liegt am Meer” at the Gasteig will take place on 28 November (8:00 PM) and 29 November 2014 (7:00 PM).

27 November 2014
Munich
Gasteig, 8 PM
World premiere: Jan Müller-Wieland
“Egmonts Freiheit oder Böhmen liegt am Meer”. Melodrama for reciter, soprano, choir and orchestra based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Franz Grillparzer, Ingeborg Bachmann, Georg Trakl, Karl Kraus and Joseph Roth
Claudia Barainsky (soprano)
Klaus Maria Brandauer (reciter)
Munich Philharmonic Choir
Munich Philharmonic
Jan Müller-Wieland (direction)

 

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