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Halleluja - Oratorio Balbulum

Four fragments
for mezzo-soprano and tenor solo, narrator, choir and orchestra
Mezzosoprano, tenor, narrator, choir and orchestra
Product number: LS 5800-01
Edition: Performance material

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Hungarian author Péter Esterházy compiled the libretto for this meta oratorio by his compatriot Peter Eötvös. In Halleluja, the choir, angels, a stuttering prophet and a narrator all act in full awareness of their function: ‘I am the Narrator. My chattiness is of a structural nature and therefore an unimprovable imperfection.’ Eötvös augments the work with quotations from Halleluja settings from various musical periods, including Bach’s cantata Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, Handel’s Messiah, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, as well as gospel songs and an imagined Halleluja by Béla Bartók. Ultimately, prophecies and the search for identity reveal bitter insights with allusions to the current political situation: ‘The cultural broth has become extremely diluted. Public opinion no longer exists. […] There is no future. It is at least greatly comforting that everything comes to an end – that is the long-term optimism of our oratorio.’

Orchestral Cast

4 (3. auch Picc., 4. auch Picc. und Altfl.) · 2 · Engl. Hr. · 2 · Bassklar. · 2 · Kfg. - 4 · 3 · 2 · Basspos. · 1 - P. S. (I: Glsp. · Crot. · Burma Gong · Tamb. basco [hoch] · Bong. [hoch] · Sistrum · Woodbl. [hoch]; II: Vibr. · Trgl. · Tamt. · kl. Tr. · Cabasa [hoch] · Guiro · Mar. [hoch] · Sistrum; III: Trgl. [tiefer als Schlgzg. II] · Beck. à 2 [hell] · 4 Burma Gongs [A-d-e-gis] · Cencerro [es1] · Tomt. · Bell Tree · Caxixi [hoch]; IV: Röhrengl. · Trgl. [tiefer als Schlgzg. III] · 3 hg. Beck. · Nietenbeck. · gr. Tr. · Sistrum) (4 Spieler) - 2 Hfe. · Akk. · Klav. (auch Cel.) - Str. (14 · 12 · 10 · 8 · 6)

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Title:
Halleluja - Oratorio Balbulum
Four fragments
for mezzo-soprano and tenor solo, narrator, choir and orchestra
Text by Péter Esterházy
German translation by György Buda
English translation (narrator) by Judith Sollosy
Language:
German, English
Edition:
Performance material
Publisher/Label:
Schott Music
Year of composition:
2015
Duration:
54 ′
World Premiere:
July 30, 2016 Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus (A) Salzburger Festspiele 2016 · Iris Vermillion, Mezzosopran; Topi Lehtipuu, Tenor; Peter Simonischek, Erzähler · Conductor: Daniel Harding · Wiener Philharmoniker · Hungarian Radio Choir · Choir director: Zoltán Pad
Commissioned work :
Co-commissioned by Salzburg Festival, Wiener Konzerthaus in collaboration with Wien Modern, supported by the Ernst von Siemens Foundation, Müpa Budapest - Palace of Arts Nonprofit Ltd, WDR and ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln, Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich, Sydney Symphony Orchestra

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LS 5800-01

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  • Halleluja - Oratorio Balbulum
    Halleluja - Oratorium balbulum
    Conductor: Peter Eötvös
    Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
    May 3, 2019 | München (Germany) , Herkulessaal
  • Halleluja - Oratorio Balbulum
    Halleluja - Oratorium balbulum
    Conductor: Peter Eötvös
    Orchestra: Pannon Filharmonikusok (Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra Pécs)
    March 8, 2019 | Budapest (Hungary) , Müpa
  • Halleluja - Oratorio Balbulum
    Halleluja - Oratorium balbulum
    Conductor: Peter Eötvös
    Orchestra: Pannon Filharmonikusok (Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra Pécs)
    March 7, 2019 | Pecs (Hungary) , Kodály Központ
  • Halleluja - Oratorio Balbulum
    Halleluja - Oratorium balbulum
    Conductor: David Robertson
    Orchestra: Sydney Symphony Orchestra
    November 25, 2017 | Sydney (Australia) , Sydney Opera House
  • Halleluja - Oratorio Balbulum
    Halleluja - Oratorium balbulum
    Conductor: David Robertson
    Orchestra: Sydney Symphony Orchestra
    November 24, 2017 | Sydney (Australia) , Sydney Opera House — National premiere
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