Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir: Studies in Red

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Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir
Conductor: Mogens Dahl
Bass flute: Hélène Navasse
After a spring containing several high points, such as a performance of Per Nørgårds Dream Songs in February and a large-scale, radio transmitted Easter concert in the Christians Kirke, the Chamber Choir is now proud to present one of its most ambitious and striking programmes so far.
The concert programme Studies in Red has come into being in collaboration with the Golden Days Festival, which this year has History of Philosophy as its theme. The Chamber Choir therefore will present a series of amazing major compositions of the 20th century with the common feature that their composers found their inspiration in left-wing political philosophy and literature.
It is music and philosophy from a time when the front lines were sharply drawn in the spiritual, political and, not least, in the musical landscape of Europe. It is not, however, music that appeals only to the intellect. First and foremost it is stirringly beautiful, inspired by the basic condition of modern man, and occasionally mixed with a touch of humour.
Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno (1903-69): Drei Gedichte von Theodor Däubler für vierstimmige Frauenchor a cappella, 1923-45
Luigi Nono (1924-1990): Das atmende Klarsein, 1980-83, for mixed choir, bass flute and klangregi
Luciano Berio (1925-2003): Cries of London, 1973-4 for choir a cappella
Hans Werner Henze (1926-2012): Orpheus behind the wire, 1981-83 for choir a cappella