Things were turned upside down.
There were terrifying things in the air… they found their way into Black Angels – George Crumb

In times when war and the threat of terrorism have great influence on politics and our society, Ragazze Quartet and video collective present the concert programme Black Angels.

Ragazze and 33 1/3 aim – without taking a political stance – to penetrate the system behind the terror. With three works by Benjamin Britten, George Crumb and Arvo Pärt (the latter sung by three male voices from the Netherlands Chamber Choir) the different stages of construction, destruction and reconciliation are shown. Music and video are joined equivalently in Black Angels.

For this programme new video works are being created by 33 1/3, which link to the three compositions thematically. The musical pieces will be performed by Ragazze Quartet and three male singers from the Netherlands Chamber Choir.

One work (Black Angels by George Crumb) premiered last year in the Holland Festival in Amsterdam.

Dutch national newspaper Trouw wrote about it:

(…) in ‘Black Angels’, a work for electronically amplified string quartet in which gongs and a glass harp also are made to sound. It is perhaps one of Crumbs best compositions, and a typical challenge for the Ragazze Quartet that fears no devil. The ladies were positioned in front of a screen with a video projection made  by platform 33 1/3 – a strongly designed staging that was complementary to the wide array of sound colours – ****

Benjamin Britten String quartet no.1 op.25 in D major
George Crumb Black Angels
Arvo Pärt And One of the Pharisees

Ragazze Quartet
33 1/3
Netherlands Chamber Choir (3 singers)


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