Composer and conductor Matthias Pintscher juxtaposes the celestial ecstacy of the Song of Songs with Bartók’s hellish nightmare, The Miraculous Mandarin.
Bartók’s exciting pantomime music still sounds modern, and has inspired a new staging featuring the lifelike dancing puppets of the Duda Paiva Company.
Concerto for Orchestra: delen I, II, III
Shirim (movement II and new movement, commission)
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The Miraculous Mandarin
Netherlands Radio Choir
Duda Paiva Company
dance and puppets
Dates and tickets
About this concert
In his Shirim, the composer–conductor Matthias Pintscher was inspired by ‘the most beautiful love poems ever written’: the Song of Songs. Pintscher has added a new movement with choir to this cycle for baritone and orchestra which is being given its belated Dutch premiere (originally scheduled to take place in January 2021), featuring Dutch baritone Thomas Oliemans. Excerpts from the imposing Concerto for Orchestra by the Slovenian composer Nina Šenk constitute an appropriate opening work.
Pintscher’s ecstatic timbres contrast sharply with the earthy music that Bartók wrote for the pantomime The Miraculous Mandarin. The story full of sex and violence failed to make it past the Hungarian censors, but the exciting music proved a success. To this day, the work sounds modern, and has even inspired a new staging featuring the lifelike dancing puppets of the Duda Paiva Company.