Rundgang durch das Konzerthaus Berlin
Three years after its premiere in Tallinn, Arvo Pärt and Robert Wilson’s acclaimed joint venture arrives at Gendarmenmarkt. After being expelled from the Garden of Eden, Adam anticipates all of mankind’s catastrophes, blaming himself for them. But in the end, he once again seeks the love of God.
The musical components of “Adam’s Passion” are the choral works “Adam’s Lament” and “Miserere”, the double concerto for two violins “Tabula rasa” and the newly composed “Sequentia”, which is dedicated to Robert Wilson. The star director captures the story of creation and destruction in highly suggestive images that are full of symbolism. He describes the unique collaboration with the composer: “When I first heard the music of Arvo Pärt in the early 1980s, I immediately felt drawn to it. It created an intellectual space that I had never known before – a space of immense freedom. ‘Adam’s Passion’ can be heard and seen. I am constructing a kind of environment that allows the audience to listen to the music better. It is difficult to ‘stage’ Arvo Pärt’s music. It challenges reflection; when we leave the theatre, we think about it further. It is important to remain open as a director or set designer. I create a space that stimulates thought, but does not insist that the audience thinks what I think. So you can feel the evening differently each time you experience it. The only constant is change. What counts is our experience of the moment. It is hard for me to talk about spiritual matters. So much that we see on the stage is outward. This music is connected to something deeper. You do not have to illustrate it. It creates a spiritual space that allows a process of reflection.”
Silence and vastness, an untouched landscape of woodlands, lakes, dunes and the sea - those pictures are conjured up when one thinks about Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. But these three countries also stand for an extraordinary musical tradition with a combination of Nordic and Eastern influences. During our Festival we celebrated the centennial of the three countries' declaration of independence!
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are not only the homes of famous conductors, instrumentalists and singers but also of a contemporary musical culture that draws from traditional choral music. Our principal conductor Iván Fischer and the Konzerthaus Orchestra dedicated a full program to the famous Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, who honoured the musicians and audience with his prensence during the concerts.
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