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Video streamed event and on demand: In Evening Light

Watch online on www.takt1.comO/ModerntRecorded at Ulriksdals Slottsteater, Stockholm, Sweden
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Wednesday 16 June 202119:00
On demand until Friday 16 July 2021 23:59Festival: O/Modernt
Hugo TicciatiViolin, Conductor
Brett DeanViola
Filip KorošecPercussion
O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra
O/Modernt New Generation ArtistsVarious instruments

Images of evening have provided inspiration for creative artists in all ages. First and foremost, as a metaphor for closure: as night falls and the light gently fades, the human spirit is reabsorbed into the universal flow. But evening is not a full stop at the end of the sentence. It’s part of a natural cycle in which darkness gives way to light and a new day dawns. Arvo Pärt knows this better than most, since the creative cessation he experienced in the late 1960s, when he withdrew into an eight-year silence, led to the spiritual and artistic rebirth of his tintinnabular style, based on the elemental sounds of chiming bells. This concert opens and closes with two of his most evocative works: Silouan’s Song and Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten. Written at the end of the Second World War, Strauss’ Metamorphosen is an anguished requiem for a lost world. Amidst the wreckage of the culture to which he had devoted his life, Strauss discovers the faintest glimmer of hope in the sense that change might bring cyclical renewal. At the heart of this concert is a superb new work commissioned by O/Modernt: Pēteris Vasks’s Violin Concerto No. 2, ‘In Evening Light’ (‘Vakara gaismā’), for violin and string orchestra, which reflects on evening light as a metaphor for the twilight years of human beings. The final concert of this year’s festival is a musical offering to the hardships of this past year and a moment of stilled recollection before the rising of a new dawn.

*Commissioned by O/Modernt, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, DUEN – The Danish Youth Ensemble & Orchestre national d’Auvergne

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