20th Century Classics


Several first performances of posthumous works by Jean Barraqué feature at the 2011 Musica Festival Strasbourg and 2012 Ultraschall Festival Berlin. These include Quatuor Diotima performing Barraqué’s Quatuor à cordes of 1950 on 5 October 2011 and Nicolas Hodges’ premieres of selected piano compositions from 1945–50.

The German premieres of these works as well as further performances of vocal works are planned for Ultraschall Berlin in January 2012. The RIAS Kammerchor will give the premiere of Barraqué’s Ecce videmus eum for unaccompanied choir in the opening concert of Ultraschall, and Carolin Widmann plays the Sonata for Violin Solo. As well as the significant Trois mélodies from 1950, other early songs for voice and piano and a cantata receive their premieres.

The previously unpublished early works will be published for the first time by Bärenreiter in Urtext editions in cooperation with the Association Jean Barraqué.

Symeon der Stylit

Short before his emigration Ernst Krenek in 1935 wrote the first part of an oratorium about Saint Symeon. Regarding the composing technique this modernist masterpiece is far ahead of his time and impresses with overwhelming impetus. 


Foto: Ernst Krenek, Kehraus um St. Stephan, Bregenzer Festspiele 2008

© Bregenzer Festspiele
Karl Forster