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Georges Aperghis | Die Hamletmaschine​-​Oratorio

by [Ictus collection on Cypres]

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III. Scherzo 07:31


Georges Aperghis, a French of Greek origin, is one of today's most exciting composers, and it is a truism to say his universe is closely linked to the theatral world. After Freud, Levi-Strauss, Diderot and Kafak a.o., he meets Heiner Müller, and more exactly this Hamletmaschine which results from the great writer's obsession for the shakespearian character. Premiered by Ictus on 30th of September 2000 at Festival Musica in Strasbourg, which commissioned the work, Die Hamletmaschine-Oratorio travels since then across Europe with much echo. Indeed, Aperghis' musical theatre finds his path in contact with the text of Müller, which he treats with definitely personal eyes and spirit. "What I wish to show with this oratorio is a precise image which splits herfself, continually interrupted by musical telegrams" (Georges Aperghis). A myth comes undone; a great work is in process of being built; Ictus is present, at the right moment and right place. Once more.


released September 24, 2002


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ictus ensemble Brussels, Belgium

Ictus is a Brussels-based contemporary music ensemble. The ensemble's home since 1994 has been the Rosas dance company's premises.

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