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Widmann: Arche (Live at Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg / 2017)

Kent Nagano, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg

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1. Fiat Lux / Es werde Licht (Live at Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg / 2017)
Jörg Widmann; Claudius; Klabund; Heinrich Heine; Peter Sloterdijk; Hans Christian Andersen; Clemens Brentano; Friedrich Schiller; Francis of Assisi; Friedrich Nietzsche; Roland Schimmelpfennig; Thomas de Celano; Michelangelo Buonarrotti; Traditional; Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg; Kent Nagano; Thomas E. Bauer; Iveta Apkalna; Hamburg State Opera Choir; Audi Jugendchorakademie; Jonna Plathe; Baris Özen
18:58
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2. Sintflut (Live at Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg / 2017)
Jörg Widmann; Claudius; Klabund; Heinrich Heine; Peter Sloterdijk; Hans Christian Andersen; Clemens Brentano; Friedrich Schiller; Francis of Assisi; Friedrich Nietzsche; Roland Schimmelpfennig; Thomas de Celano; Michelangelo Buonarrotti; Traditional; Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg; Kent Nagano; Marlis Petersen; Thomas E. Bauer; Iveta Apkalna; Hamburg State Opera Choir; Audi Jugendchorakademie; Jonna Plathe; Baris Özen
29:03
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3. Die Liebe (Live at Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg / 2017)
Jörg Widmann; Claudius; Klabund; Heinrich Heine; Peter Sloterdijk; Hans Christian Andersen; Clemens Brentano; Friedrich Schiller; Francis of Assisi; Friedrich Nietzsche; Roland Schimmelpfennig; Thomas de Celano; Michelangelo Buonarrotti; Traditional; Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg; Kent Nagano; Marlis Petersen; Thomas E. Bauer; Iveta Apkalna; Hamburg State Opera Choir; Audi Jugendchorakademie; Jonna Plathe; Baris Özen
26:55
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4. Dies irae (Live at Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg / 2017)
Jörg Widmann; Claudius; Klabund; Heinrich Heine; Peter Sloterdijk; Hans Christian Andersen; Clemens Brentano; Friedrich Schiller; Francis of Assisi; Friedrich Nietzsche; Roland Schimmelpfennig; Thomas de Celano; Michelangelo Buonarrotti; Traditional; Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg; Kent Nagano; Marlis Petersen; Thomas E. Bauer; Iveta Apkalna; Hamburg State Opera Choir; Audi Jugendchorakademie; Jonna Plathe; Baris Özen
16:52
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5. Dona nobis pacem (Live at Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg / 2017)
Jörg Widmann; Claudius; Klabund; Heinrich Heine; Peter Sloterdijk; Hans Christian Andersen; Clemens Brentano; Friedrich Schiller; Francis of Assisi; Friedrich Nietzsche; Roland Schimmelpfennig; Thomas de Celano; Michelangelo Buonarrotti; Traditional; Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg; Kent Nagano; Marlis Petersen; Thomas E. Bauer; Iveta Apkalna; Hamburg State Opera Choir; Hamburger Alsterspatzen; Audi Jugendchorakademie; Gabriel Böer; Jonna Plathe; Baris Özen
9:16
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Commissioned to write new music to inaugurate the Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg, composer Jörg Widmann drew inspiration from the shape of the building itself:

“From the outside it resembles a ship. To me, the interior looked like the hold of a ship, an ark…Re-emerging into the daylight, the ark idea would not leave me alone. The inflection of the music I had to compose was clear….”

Arche, an Oratorio for soloists, choirs, organ and orchestra, is a compendious work embracing the course of history in the west with a collaged libretto drawing upon a range of writers: from the unknown authors of the Old Testament to Nietzsche and Sloterdijk via Francis of Assisi, Michelangelo and Schiller. Arche looks at the tradition of the oratorio and transforms it.

Kent Nagano directs the massed musical forces with aplomb in this concert recording from the premiere performance in January 2017.

“What immediately stands out is above all the impression of paradox and the vast diversity of forms and musical resources. Everything happens at once, everything interlocks. Every moment transports us into another world.”
- Dieter Rexroth (Musicologist)
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