Standpunkte | The Sorabji Project II

Sat 2. 4. 2022

»Entgrenzung« (Dissolution of Limits) is the title of Igor Levit's »Standpunkte« - the culmination phase of chamber music within the Heidelberger Frühling, which he curated together with the festival.

Kaikhosru Sorabji's »Sequentia cyclica super Dies irae ex Missa pro defunctis« is one of the most absurd piano works par excellence. Written in 1948/49, the »Sequentia« existed for decades only as a myth. The composer himself considered it to be the best among his hundred or so works, but he never bothered to perform it. The largely self-taught Englishman of Parsi descent (1892-1988), composer, pianist and critic did not compose for the public anyway.

Material for nerds, then? Yes and no. Anyone who wants to listen to "Sequentia" will have to spend over eight hours on it, the equivalent of a normal working day.

British pianist Jonathan Powell, who released the first recording of the »Sequentia« on seven CDs in 2020, spent more than a decade preparing the project. As part of »Standpunkte« he will now perform the cyclopean work for the first time before German audiences at the invitation of Igor Levit, spread over five concerts.

Concert without intermission (ca. 90 min)

15€ single ticket

The Sorabji Project Pass (I-V): For 49 € you can visit all five events of »The Sorabji Project« from 01 to 03 April 22. Available from our telephone ticket service: +49 (0)6221 - 584 00 44 and in the webshop.

»Standpunkte« Wahlabo: 25% discount when booking five different events of »Standpunkte« from 31 March to 03 April 2022. Available from our telephone ticket service (+49 (0)6221 - 584 00 44) and from the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung.


Musicologist Prof. Dr. Christoph Flamm talks to Jörg Tröger about the Sorabji Project (in German):


In cooperation with Heidelberg University

Please check the current Corona regulations and our hygiene rules before attending the concert.

We thank

Jonathan Powell Piano

Kaikhosru Sorabji Sequentia Cyclica super Dies irae ex Missa pro Defunctis
Thema und Variationen 5-13