DE STRAVINSKY À OHANA - CONCERT D'OUVERTURE - $u->lm($dReponse['event'], 'date_event_', $lang)


Vendredi 13 septembre à 20h30 - Abbaye de Saint-Victor

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When he was composing the Cantigas, Maurice Ohana immersed himself in the Spanish XVth and XVIth centuries. He chose texts that were written in the golden age of the  Spanish kingdom – curiously enough chosen after he had written the music – dealing with the Nativity, the fl ight to Egypt, and the wake for Christ at the cross. At the heart of the work, is a moment of ecstasy, like stained glass:the Cantiga of Orange Blossom, a poetic and pagan instance of time standing still. A small orchestra, made up primarily
composed of wind instruments, accompanies the voices. Refl ecting Stravinsky’s hommage to a composer of past – Guillaume de Machaut – but also using the same instrumentation, this clearly links between the Cantigas and the Mass of the Russian composer. The comparison stops there, because Stravinsky’s Mass, objectively beautiful, is a machine working on a relentless faith, like “an icon presented to the Crowds” in André Bouccourechliev’s words, leaving little room for dreaming. Stravinsky moves forward, where Ohana knows when to lean back.... The Mass for the poor by Erik Satie completes this programme, in the version orchestrated by Ohana, who was surely seduced by the great freedom of expression of this
work. Ohana wanted the piece to be in conjunction with the Cantigas, and used the same instrumentation for his orchestration. The harmonies and timbres shine in this work
that is too seldom performed.