Opening of the 16th Forbidden Music Festival
Recital “The whole Lyre …”
Ablaye Cissoko: kora song
Chrystelle Di Marco: soprano
Thomas Morris: tenor narrator
Yoann Pourre: pianist
Naomie Kremer: Painter Videographer
Placed under the aegis of the Lyre d’Orphée, Ablaye Cissoko, exceptional virtuoso of the African lyre, will combine his latest compositions with the great lyrical repertoire magnified by the soprano Chrystelle di Marco while the tenor reciting Thomas Morris has the power of the poetic verb accompanied by Yoann Pourre, pianist. Naomie Kremer’s iconic painting “Chomatopia” will preside over this ceremony.
Saint Victor Abbey Marseille
“Farewell to Vienna” – Gustav Mahler – Franz Schmidt
In co-production with the Cultural Season of Saint Victor and the Aix en Provence Conservatory
Schmidt: Prélude and Fugue Hallelujah and Quintet for left hand piano, clarinet and string trio (1938) Creation in France
Mahler: Rückert Lieder (vocal piano version)
Jean Pierre Roland: organ
Vladik Polionov: piano
Valentin Fabre: clarinet
Marie Laurence Rocca: violin
Marie Anne Havasse: viola
Luc Dedreuil: cello
Chrystelle di Marco: soprano
Admired by Mahler, Berg and Schoenberg, Franz Schmidt (1874-1939) was a key composer of Austria between the two wars. Author of 4 symphonies, an important repertoire for organ, an opera ” Our Lady “ on Hugo’s novel, he was subjected to Nazi blackmail during the invasion of Austria (1938) concerning his wife, who had been interned since 1919 for schizophrenia.
In order to avoid his euthanasia, he must compose a cantata in honor of the reunification of the German people. Cantata voluntarily unfinished while before his death he finished his magnificent Quintet for the pianist Wittgenstein. His wife will be assassinated the day after his death and German denazification will make this immense, totally apolitical composer the scapegoat for post-war modernist currents.
Mahler composed four of the five songs during a stay at Villa Mahler in the summer of 1901. The last song composed is a poem that Mahler set to music in July 1902 for his wife, Alma Mahler. He hides the manuscript in Siegfried’s score that Alma often deciphered. Unfortunately for the composer, Alma did not come to decipher the score for several days. Gustav therefore invited Alma to a deciphering session: she then discovered the manuscript and wept.
The first four lieder were premiered in Vienna on January 29, 1905, by selected members of the Wiener Philharmoniker. The concert, in which the Kindertotenlieder and some Wunderhorn lieder were also performed, was one of the Mahler’s great successes. Paul Stefan in a writing: “We exulted with Mahler, we successively shared his affliction, his childish, happy or dreamy moods. We took pleasure in marveling at his science and his mastery of small forms, like a magnificent blossoming of beautiful poems ”.