Rebekka Bakken & casal Quartet: »Verklärte Nacht«

Rebekka Bakken & casal Quartet: »Verklärte Nacht«


Fri, April 8, 2016 7:30PM

Schönberg of all people. It was the composer of all people, who almost caused the foundations of our idea of music to collapse. He himself was carried away by a poem which was later often dismissed as pure kitsch. It is Richard Dehmel’s poem »Transfigured Night« in which a young woman makes a confession to her lover: She cheated on him and is pregnant. Her boyfriend forgives her, in a gentle and tender gesture. Schönberg’s late Romantic string sextet is an almost impulsive reaction to the poem. At about the same time as the birth of Schönberg’s new tonal language, blues was developing in the cotton fields of the American Deep South. Norwegian singer Rebekka Bakken and Dutch guitarist Hans Theessink have compiled songs committed to this tradition of blues and folk music – works by Lonnie Johnson, Memphis Slim, Pete Seeger and of Hans Theessink and Rebekka Bakken. These are small, often forgotten treasures in astonishing contrast to Schönberg’s »epic-dramatic creation«.

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