parts from Hans Werner Henze Orpheus Behind the Wire
parts from Claudio Monteverdi Sestina: Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’amata
parts from Ørjan Matre Orphic Songs
Henry Purcell Music for a while (arr. Gunnar Eriksson)
Frank Martin Five Songs of Ariel

Netherlands Chamber Choir (Nederlands Kamerkoor)
Grete Pedersen conductor

The top-class soloists who make up the Netherlands Chamber Choir are in safe hands with Grete Pedersen, conductor of the world-famous Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, in a musical retelling of the classical Orpheus myth. Henze’s Orpheus Behind the Wire, written for a twelve-voice a cappella choir, gives a contemporary twist to the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. The work is considered to be one of Henze’s more accessible compositions and consists of an interplay of sounds and lines that is sometimes transparent and sometimes  overwhelming, and perfectly matches Grete Pedersen’s empathic approach.

“a musical retelling of the classical Orpheus myth”

Ørjan Matre’s Orphic Songs, commissioned by the Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, focus on Orphism, a religious movement that arose in ancient Greek culture and was based on the Orpheus myth. Matre based this work on ancient Greek poetry and various orphic hymns. These compositions by Henze and Matre are alternated with works by Monteverdi, Purcell and Martin, which creates both a traditional and a modern musical perspective on the myth of Orpheus.

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