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Work: Babylon

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ComposerWidmann, Jörg (b. 1973)
PeriodContemporary
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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StockholmFranz Welser-Möst conducts

Franz Welser-Möst conducts
Widmann, Strauss R.
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Franz Welser-Möst
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Jörg Widmann's Babylon revised for Staatsoper Berlin premiere

Charles Workman (Tammu) © Arno Declair
Widmann packs everything into Babylon – from classical arias to dissonant clusters, military marches, film music and a few chamber music moments.
****1
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An impressive Babylon at the Holland Festival

Babylon © Hans van der Woerd
The loud cheers for the performers were richly deserved, although Jörg Widmann’s imposing but sprawling Babylon was not well-served by the concert format.
***11
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Programmatic and operatic premières in Cardiff

Jörg Widmann © Marco Borggreve
As I had both hoped and expected, Widmann's Babylon Suite had an undercurrent of knowing wickedness and a sense of self-awareness that one would find in a Stravinsky ballet score.
*****
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