mixed chorus(min.22.214.171.124); 3(II=afl,III=picc).2(II=corA).2.bcl.2.dbn–126.96.36.199–timp.perc:t.bells/glsp/gong/crot/susp.cym/sizzle cym/Chin.cym/tgl/5tom-t/5tpl.bl/plate gong/tam-t/whip/SD/BD–2harp–cel–strings(188.8.131.52.8)
Liederhalle, Beethoven-Saal, Stuttgart
SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart / Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR / Stéphane Denève
"Megaris" is the ancient name of the island where the body of the Siren Parthenope washed ashore. Odysseus had betrayed Parthenope and offended her nature, so she cast herself into the sea and drowned. Currents carried her body away from the rock Anthemoessa towards the coast of what we know today as Naples, previously named Parthenope in the Siren’s honour.
"The colourful seascape was received by the audience with enthusiasm. Once again, Glanert revealed his skills as a composer in deathly-subtle sounds which congenially portray the fate of the sirens, who are outwitted by Odysseus and must therefore perish… with yearningly descriptive shades of nuance the performers demonstrated with audible virtuosity how dying can be beautifully illustrated in music."