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Halleluja - Oratorio Balbulum

Halleluja - Oratorio Balbulum

Four fragments

for mezzo-soprano and tenor solo, narrator, choir and orchestra

Text by Péter Esterházy

German translation by György Buda


  • Instrumentation: Mezzosoprano, tenor, narrator, choir and orchestra
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: German

 
Description
Hungarian author Péter Esterházy compiled the libretto for this meta oratorio by his compatriot Peter Eötvös. In Halleluja, the choir, angels, a stuttering prophet and a narrator all act in full awareness of their function: ‘I am the Narrator. My chattiness is of a structural nature and therefore an unimprovable imperfection.’

Eötvös augments the work with quotations from Halleluja settings from various musical periods, including Bach’s cantata Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, Handel’s Messiah, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, as well as gospel songs and an imagined Halleluja by Béla Bartók. Ultimately, prophecies and the search for identity reveal bitter insights with allusions to the current political situation: ‘The cultural broth has become extremely diluted. Public opinion no longer exists. […] There is no future. It is at least greatly comforting that everything comes to an end – that is the long-term optimism of our oratorio.’
Details
Auftragswerk : Co-commissioned by Salzburg Festival, Wiener Konzerthaus in collaboration with Wien Modern, supported by the Ernst von Siemens Foundation, Müpa Budapest - Palace of Arts Nonprofit Ltd, WDR and ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln, Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich, Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Performance duration: 54'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 30. Juli 2016 Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus (A) Salzburger Festspiele 2016 · Iris Vermillion, Mezzosopran; Topi Lehtipuu, Tenor; Peter Simonischek, Erzähler · Dirigent: Daniel Harding · Wiener Philharmoniker · Hungarian Radio Choir · Choreinstudierung: Zoltán Pad
Year of composition: 2015
instrumentation: 4 (3. auch Picc., 4. auch Picc. und Altfl.) · 2 · Engl. Hr. · 2 · Bassklar. · 2 · Kfg. - 4 · 3 · 2 · Basspos. · 1 - P. S. (I: Glsp. · Crot. · Burma Gong · Tamb. basco [hoch] · Bong. [hoch] · Sistrum · Woodbl. [hoch]; II: Vibr. · Trgl. · Tamt. · kl. Tr. · Cabaza [hoch] · Guiro · Mar. [hoch] · Sistrum; III: Trgl. [tiefer als Schlgzg. II] · Beck. à 2 [hell] · 4 Burma Gongs [A-d-e-gis] · Cencerro [es1] · Tomt. · Bell Tree · Caxixi [hoch]; IV: Röhrengl. · Trgl. [tiefer als Schlgzg. III] · 3 hg. Beck. · Nietenbeck. · gr. Tr. · Sistrum) (4 Spieler) - 2 Hfe. · Akk. · Klav. (auch Cel.) - Str. (14 · 12 · 10 · 8 · 6)
Performances
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
2019-05-03 | München (Germany), Herkulessaal — 20:00
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Pannon Filharmonikusok (Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra Pécs)
2019-03-08 | Budapest (Hungary), Müpa — 19:30
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Pannon Filharmonikusok (Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra Pécs)
2019-03-07 | Pecs (Hungary), Kodály Központ — 19:00
Conductor: David Robertson
Orchestra: Sydney Symphony Orchestra
2017-11-25 | Sydney (Australia), Sydney Opera House
Conductor: David Robertson
Orchestra: Sydney Symphony Orchestra
2017-11-24 | Sydney (Australia), Sydney Opera House | national Premiere
Orchestra: WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
2017-04-29 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie — 20:00 - Live-Übertragung | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
2017-03-24 | Zürich (Switzerland), Tonhalle, Großer Saal
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
2017-03-23 | Zürich (Switzerland), Tonhalle, Großer Saal
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
2017-03-22 | Zürich (Switzerland), Tonhalle, Großer Saal | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
2016-11-24 | Budapest (Hungary), Müpa | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
2016-11-23 | Wien (Austria), Konzerthaus — 19:30
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
2016-07-30 | Salzburg (Austria), Großes Festspielhaus | World Premiere
Audio Stream
Hungarian author Péter Esterházy compiled the libretto for this meta oratorio by his compatriot Peter Eötvös. In Halleluja, the choir, angels, a stuttering prophet and a narrator all act in full awareness of their function: ‘I am the Narrator. My chattiness is of a structural nature and therefore an unimprovable imperfection.’

Eötvös augments the work with quotations from Halleluja settings from various musical periods, including Bach’s cantata Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, Handel’s Messiah, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, as well as gospel songs and an imagined Halleluja by Béla Bartók. Ultimately, prophecies and the search for identity reveal bitter insights with allusions to the current political situation: ‘The cultural broth has become extremely diluted. Public opinion no longer exists. […] There is no future. It is at least greatly comforting that everything comes to an end – that is the long-term optimism of our oratorio.’
Auftragswerk : Co-commissioned by Salzburg Festival, Wiener Konzerthaus in collaboration with Wien Modern, supported by the Ernst von Siemens Foundation, Müpa Budapest - Palace of Arts Nonprofit Ltd, WDR and ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln, Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich, Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Performance duration: 54'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 30. Juli 2016 Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus (A) Salzburger Festspiele 2016 · Iris Vermillion, Mezzosopran; Topi Lehtipuu, Tenor; Peter Simonischek, Erzähler · Dirigent: Daniel Harding · Wiener Philharmoniker · Hungarian Radio Choir · Choreinstudierung: Zoltán Pad
Year of composition: 2015
instrumentation: 4 (3. auch Picc., 4. auch Picc. und Altfl.) · 2 · Engl. Hr. · 2 · Bassklar. · 2 · Kfg. - 4 · 3 · 2 · Basspos. · 1 - P. S. (I: Glsp. · Crot. · Burma Gong · Tamb. basco [hoch] · Bong. [hoch] · Sistrum · Woodbl. [hoch]; II: Vibr. · Trgl. · Tamt. · kl. Tr. · Cabaza [hoch] · Guiro · Mar. [hoch] · Sistrum; III: Trgl. [tiefer als Schlgzg. II] · Beck. à 2 [hell] · 4 Burma Gongs [A-d-e-gis] · Cencerro [es1] · Tomt. · Bell Tree · Caxixi [hoch]; IV: Röhrengl. · Trgl. [tiefer als Schlgzg. III] · 3 hg. Beck. · Nietenbeck. · gr. Tr. · Sistrum) (4 Spieler) - 2 Hfe. · Akk. · Klav. (auch Cel.) - Str. (14 · 12 · 10 · 8 · 6)
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
2019-05-03 | München (Germany), Herkulessaal — 20:00
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Pannon Filharmonikusok (Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra Pécs)
2019-03-08 | Budapest (Hungary), Müpa — 19:30
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Pannon Filharmonikusok (Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra Pécs)
2019-03-07 | Pecs (Hungary), Kodály Központ — 19:00
Conductor: David Robertson
Orchestra: Sydney Symphony Orchestra
2017-11-25 | Sydney (Australia), Sydney Opera House
Conductor: David Robertson
Orchestra: Sydney Symphony Orchestra
2017-11-24 | Sydney (Australia), Sydney Opera House | national Premiere
Orchestra: WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
2017-04-29 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie — 20:00 - Live-Übertragung | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
2017-03-24 | Zürich (Switzerland), Tonhalle, Großer Saal
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
2017-03-23 | Zürich (Switzerland), Tonhalle, Großer Saal
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
2017-03-22 | Zürich (Switzerland), Tonhalle, Großer Saal | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
2016-11-24 | Budapest (Hungary), Müpa | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
2016-11-23 | Wien (Austria), Konzerthaus — 19:30
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
2016-07-30 | Salzburg (Austria), Großes Festspielhaus | World Premiere