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Stefano Gervasoni, Ensemble Modern

Stefano Gervasoni
A concert with fados after Amália Rodrigues and songs based on sonnets by Luís Vaz de Camões
for female voice, baritone, great orchestra and live electronics (2007–2008)

Ensemble Modern
Franck Ollu, conductor
Cristina Branco, fado singer
Frank Wörner, baritone
Norbert Ommer, sound design
Thomas Goepfer, Ircam Computermusic Design

Mutually commissioned by Ircam – Centre Pompidou Paris, Casa da Musica Porto, Ensemble Modern and Radio France. A co-production of Ircam – Centre Pompidou Paris, Casa da Musica, Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, Théâtre de la Monnaie Brüssel, Konzerthaus Berlin and MaerzMusik | Berliner Festspiele. With support of Réseau Varèse – European Network for the Creation and Promotion of New Music as part of the culture programme 2000 of the EU and Federal Cultural Foundation.
Stefano Gervasoni likes to thank Cecile Le Prado who kindly provided the sound material from her piece Secret Lisboa (2003).
Recording Deutschlandradio Kultur, broadcasting 15 March 19.05 hrs

19:00 Introduction in the Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Saal
Wolfgang Korb, moderation

COM QUE VOZ, the new work by Italian composer Stefano Gervasoni, is a full-length concert juxtaposing traditional Portuguese history and the culture of “classical” contemporary music. 24 songs with instrumental interludes, including historical reconstructions and new arrangements of ‘Fados’ after Amália Rodrigues and songs after sonnets by Luís Vaz de Camões, are interpreted by Portuguese Fado singer Cristina Branco and baritone Frank Wörner. Between nostalgia and utopia – melancholy tones and a captivating precision determine the intimate musical expressivity of this fascinating cycle.