Kagel: Duodramen; Szenario; Liturgien

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Mauricio Kagel's compositions are nothing if not wildly inventive, and "Duodramen for soprano, baritone and orchestra" is a fine example of his unhinged imagination. Each of the six movements features, as the title implies, a dialogue between two characters. The couplings include Indira Gandhi and Casanova, Henry Ford and Cosima Wagner, Alma Mahler Werfel and Genghis Khan, and, finally, Erich von Stroheim and Marie Antoinette. The texts, loosely derived by the composer from Goethe and some particularly dark folk poetry, bear little relation to the characters, but do provide a framework for some interesting and spirited interactions. Kagel is a master at creating drama ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Mauricio Kagel's compositions are nothing if not wildly inventive, and "Duodramen for soprano, baritone and orchestra" is a fine example of his unhinged imagination. Each of the six movements features, as the title implies, a dialogue between two characters. The couplings include Indira Gandhi and Casanova, Henry Ford and Cosima Wagner, Alma Mahler Werfel and Genghis Khan, and, finally, Erich von Stroheim and Marie Antoinette. The texts, loosely derived by the composer from Goethe and some particularly dark folk poetry, bear little relation to the characters, but do provide a framework for some interesting and spirited interactions. Kagel is a master at creating drama through his music, and the dialogues are genuinely gripping, particularly the final one, which is wrenchingly poignant. The committed and visceral performances by soprano Margaret Chalker and baritone Roland Hermann give the duodramas a strong sense of urgency. "Liturgien" is a setting of a polyglot text of the composer's devising, including religious writings from Christian, Jewish, and Islamic traditions, with Buddhism suggested by a few Oms. Here again, Kagel's skill as a musical dramatist pulls the disparate elements into a compelling and integrated, if conflicted, whole.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/12/2006
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313017973
  • Catalog Number: 8570179
  • Sales rank: 329,586

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Szenario, for strings & tape - Mauricio Kagel & Mauricio Kagel (12:48)
  2. 2–7 Duodramen, for voices & orchestra - Mauricio Kagel & Mauricio Kagel (23:37)
  3. 3 Liturgien, for soloists, double chorus & orchestra - Mauricio Kagel & Mauricio Kagel (23:01)
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Mauricio Kagel Primary Artist
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