Swept Away Festival features Toch, Weill and Hindemith

12. Juni 2015 banner_swept_away_festival
From 19 to 21 June, Con­ti­nuum Ensem­ble pres­ents Swept Away: a series of con­certs and talks based around the lost music of Ber­lin and Vienna in the 1920s inclu­ding works by Schott com­po­sers Ernst Toch, Kurt Weill and Paul Hin­de­mith.
Fea­turing ele­ven UK pre­mie­res, the fes­ti­val brings to light music by com­po­sers lost for deca­des due to cen­sor­ship and politi­cal tur­bu­lence. The music is dis­tinctly modern, encom­pas­sing a broad range of influ­en­ces inclu­ding the Far East, jazz and dance, and will be fea­tured across five con­certs over the weekend.
High­lights include Toch’s sati­ri­cal minia­ture opera Egon und Emi­lie and the UK pre­miere of The Chi­nese Flute, a song cycle by Toch based on the same text as Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, orches­tra­ted with ligh­ter har­mo­nies and colou­red by whole tones and modal sca­les.
The fes­ti­val will also host pre-con­cert talks around cul­tu­ral life and cen­sor­ship during this period of politi­cal and social insta­bi­lity, and in the arts today.
(06/12/2015)

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