Sala della Scuola Grande di S. Rocco, Venice
Ursula Zollenkopf, Jeanne Deroubaix, Hugues Cuenod, Richard Robinson, Charles Scharbach, Robert Oliver / NDR Chor & Sinfonieorchester / Igor Stravinsky
World stage premiere
Peter Sellars, director / Nieuw Sinfonietta/Asko Ensemble & Schoenberg Ensemble / Reinbert de Leeuw
Stravinsky's longest serial score, Threni sets passages from the Lamentations of Jeremiah. An unusual feature is the musical treatment of the Hebrew letters offsetting the different verses. "The effect," writes Eric Walter White, "is like that of a series of illuminated initials embellishing a manuscript; and the special cadential qualities of these brief harmonic glosses give them a curious kind of nimbus."
This programme note can be reproduced free of charge in concert programmes with a credit to Boosey & Hawkes/Joseph Horowitz.
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