Works by György Kurtág, Annesley Black and Hector Berlioz
György Kurtág… quasi una fantasia …, op. 27 Annesley Black (Composer in Focus)A sound, a narrow, a channel, an inlet, the straits, the barrens, the stretch of a neck (World Premiere) Hector BerliozSymphonie fantastique, op. 14
In the new composition by Canadian composer Annesley Black, the concert hall becomes a central component of the composition. Both, the musicians and the audience are placed in relation to the spatial conditions of the hall. The musicians’ different positions in the hall as well as their movements create an extraordinary concert experience. The Hungarian composer György Kurtág also experimented with different spatial positions in his piece ...quasi una fantasia.... With the title, he refers to the piano sonatas op. 27 by Ludwig van Beethoven, while the name of the 2nd movement, Wie ein Traumeswirren (Like a dreamy swirl), goes back to Robert Schumann. The Symphonie fantastique, in which Hector Berlioz dealt with his unrequited love for the Irish actress Harriet Smithson, also tells of dream worlds. However, whilst the lyrical ego dreams of his own execution where the beloved appears as a witch in the last movement, Berlioz's own love story had a better ending: Fascinated by this symphony, Smithson agreed to make Berlioz's acquaintance, whereupon they got married one year later.