Ema Nikolovska. Sean Shibe
Orlando, the time traveler

Ema Nikolovska and Sean Shibe are equal partners in their dialog: The Canadian-Macedonian mezzo-soprano can already look back on a stellar career and prestigious competition prizes. However, the Heidelberger Frühling Liedakademie graduate doesn't just go straight ahead, she likes to think outside the box, driven by a passion to rethink the classical concert format so as not to lose touch with the present. She devises originally curated concert programs with a repertoire that knows no limitations.

She has found a brother in spirit in the Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe, whose classical and electric guitar repertoire ranges from the Middle Ages to the present day. Together, they embark on a tour of musical and intellectual history in the footsteps of the enigmatic figure of Orlando. The journey ranges from Ariosto's "Orlando Furioso" to Virginia Woolf, touches on Schubert's "Winterreise" and honors the festival's focus on Brahms with three songs, including "Da unten im Tale", a wistful folk song that Brahms first set for three-part choir, then for four-part choir and only finally for solo voice. The program arrives in the present with commissioned compositions by Sasha Scott and Cassandra Miller and closes with songs by Laurie Anderson and Bob Dylan. Bach's Two-Part Inventions provide the reassuring central theme.

Concert with intermission.

The concert will be recorded by SWR Kultur.

Ema Nikolovska


Sean Shibe

Guitar and electric guitar

La Chanson de Roland (Song of Roland)

Pauline Viardot

Jules Massenet
O Souverain, ô Juge, ô Père (from: Le Cid)

Franz Schubert
Water flood
Spring dream
The crow
(from: Winterreise)

Johannes Brahms
Autumn feeling
Da unten im Tale

Detlev Glanert
Song of melancholy
The Hippogryph
Witches' Sabbath
Orlando's dream
(from: 15 old songs to Orlando furioso by Ariost)

Thomas Adès
Blanca and Habañera (from: The Exterminating Angel) and excerpts
from the Forgotten Dances for guitar solo

Sasha Scott
Commissioned composition inspired by Virginia Woolf's Orlando
(sponsored by Richard Cauldwell and the Wigmore Hall)

Cassandra Miller
Commissioned composition inspired by Virginia Woolf's Orlando
(sponsored by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust)

Bob Dylan
Masters of War

Laurie Anderson
O Superman

J. S. Bach
Two-part inventions (selection) as a connecting element