Time with Beat Furrer

Composer portrait at the Salzburg Festival

The Salzburg Festival is devoting the concert series “Zeit mit Furrer” (Time with Furrer) to the works of the Austro-Swiss composer Beat Furrer (photo: Manu Theobald / EvS Musikstiftung). Four concerts will feature the works of the artist, who was awarded the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in 2018. His music theatre “Begehren” takes up the Orpheus myth: a dialogue of the unreachability between man and woman who cannot hear each other. Under the baton of the composer, the Klangforum Wien, the vocal ensemble Cantando Admont and soloists will be interpreting this powerful work on 30 July 2018. Instrumental dialogue is also the focus of the chamber music in the concert on the following day, with “ira-arca” for flute and double bass, “invocation VI” for soprano and bass flute and “intorno al bianco” for clarinet and string quartet. “Zeit mit Furrer”’ will be concluded on 6 August by a special interpretation of the “Wüstenbuch”: scenes of the music theatre will be combined with the actress Isabel Karajan reading fragments from the “Todesarten-Projekt”, a text source of Beat Furrer’s “Wüstenbuch”.

30.7.–6.8.2018 Salzburg Festival: Zeit mit Furrer

30.7.2018, 8.30pm, Salzburg, Kollegienkirche
Beat Furrer: Begehren. Music theatre after texts by Cesare Pavese, Günter Eich, Ovid and Vergil (concertante performance)
Katrien Baerts (She, female voice), Christian Reiner (He, male voice, speaker), Cantando Admont, Klangforum Wien, Peter Böhm (sound director), musical director: Beat Furrer

31.7.2018, 8.30pm, Salzburg, Kollegienkirche
Beat Furrer: invocation VI for soprano and bass flute; intorno al bianco for clarinet and string quartet
Katrien Baerts (soprano), Eva Furrer (bass flute), Bernhard Zachhuber (clarinet), Klangforum Wien

2.8.2018, 8.30pm, Salzburg, Kollegienkirche
Beat Furrer: … cold and calm and moving for flute, harp, violin, viola and cello
Beat Furrer: Gaspra for ensemble
œnm. österreichisches ensemble für neue music (Austrian Ensemble for New Music), conductor: Franck Ollu

6.8.2018, 8.30pm, Mozarteum, Großer Saal
Beat Furrer: Ira – Arca for bass flute and double bass
Ingeborg Bachmann: Wüstenbuch fragments from the “Todesarten-Projekt” (reading)
Beat Furrer: Xenos-Szenen from the music theatre Wüstenbuch for eight voices and ensemble
Eva Furrer (bass flute), Uli Fussenegger (double bass), Isabel Karajan (speaker), Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Klangforum Wien, conductor: Beat Furrer

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