Friday 5.8

11.11 a.m. – St. Johannis Church Hitzacker (Elbe), admission free
Eleven past Eleven: Everyman’s Verdi! Festival Choir and Ensembles
Alexander Lüken – Director

„Take to air on golden wings …“: Giuseppe Verdi’s wistful freedom choir from the opera “Nabucco” is joy in four-quarter time – with seductive cantible appeal. It is accompanied by additional pieces that Everyman’s Choir, the festival orchestra and the vocal ensemble have worked on during the week. We have our fingers crossed that the program, which had to be postponed during the Corona years, can be performed this year.

5.05 p.m. – VERDO in the garden area (admission free)
Five past Five: Hörgarten digital
Listen to excerpts from the day's program or thoughts on the festival's focus in a relaxed atmosphere (in German language)

6.06 p.m. – VERDO Concert Hall
Quatuor Diotima – String Quartet
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Six past Six: Works by Bartók, Adès Saunders

Thomas Adès (*1971): Arcadiana für Streichquartett op. 12 (1994)
Rebecca Saunders (*1967): Unbreathed für Streichquartett  (2017)
Béla Bartók (1881–1945): Streichquartett Nr. 5 (1934)

The Quatuor Diotima, founded in 1996 at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, is arguably one of the finest string quartets on the planet. Their recording of Bartók’s quartets, at once seemingly effortless yet naturally dramatic in effect, has come to be considered the reference recording of this monumental body of works. In Hitzacker, the artists contrast Bartók with compositions by the British winner of the Hindemith Award, Thomas Adès, and by Rebecca Saunders, winner of the 2019 Ernst von Siemens Music Prize and a former composer in residence in Hitzacker.

9.09 p.m. – VERDO Concert Hall
Ania Vegry – Soprano
Yannick Rafalimanana – Piano
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Nine past Nine: The human voice of Francis Poulenc (1899–1963), Monodrama based on the play of the same name by Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)

A young woman, on her own, abandoned, connected by telephone to the outside world and her lover, belligerent and beseeching, but actually in a hopeless dialogue with herself: Francis Poulenc based his brilliant 1959 opera “The Human Voice” on Cocteau’s play, creating a psychic profile in music. The magnificent soprano Ania Vegry’s performance of this challenging solo of space and time at the Dessau Opera was widely acclaimed. In the version for soprano and piano, the subtle French shooting star Yannick Rafalimanana joins her in a semi-staged performance, a chamber (music) play. Duration approx. 60 minutes, no interval

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