An Oratorio for Cheerful People
Thus Robert Schumann’s own description of his oriental fairy tale Paradise and the Peri (Das Paradies und die Peri) for solo voices, chorus and orchestra. It premiered in Leipzig in 1843 and the song composer intended it to launch “a new genre for the concert hall”, and indeed it combines features from oratorio, opera and the lied, hovering between worlds just like its protagonist The Peri, an angelic being in human form, was banished from Paradise and now travels the world in search of the sacred gift that will reopen the doors of Paradise. Scenes of riveting drama alternate with others of lyrical poetry. An extraordinary piece that will be performed by an orchestra that has instantaneously made a name for itself in the “period performance” landscape. Together with its founder and conductor, Jérémie Rhorer, the orchestra will guide us through what Schumann often described as his “very best work”.
5 pm: concert introduction
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2
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