Oresteia is the second longest work by Iannis Xenakis, who set the tragic tale of Agamemnon, Clytemnestra and their son Orestes to music, loosely based on Aeschylus. Using a variety of vocal techniques and an impressive arsenal of percussion, the Greek-French composer added an incisively scored work to his name, on the cutting edge of the avant-garde and archaism. Xenakis has revised this music theatre work no less than four times. Besides the ever-present choir, a baritone solo sparkles in the definitive version, with vocal inflections that betray the influence of Japanese Noh and Kabuki theatre. This Dutch-Flemish co-production is rounded off with a première by Annelies van Parys, a former student at the Ghent Conservatoire, who likens her manner of composing to painting with colours in sound.
Coproduction Vocaallab Nederland; Transparant, Antwerp; Concertgebouw Bruges.
© Boosey & Hawkes, Londen / Albersen Verhuur B.V., ‘s-Gravenhage
Annelies Van Parys An Oresteia: Commissioned by Eduard van Beinum Stichting
ANNELIES VAN PARYS
Bauwien van der Meer