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Roland Kluttig

Roland Kluttig © Sebastian Klein

RSO-ORF Symphonieorchester Wien

RSO-ORF Symphonieorchester Wien © Lukas Beck

ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien / Kluttig

Friday 3 November 2023
20:30 – ca. 22:10



ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

Wiener Singakademie
Einstudierung: Heinz Ferlesch

Wiener Chormädchen, Kinderchor
Einstudierung: Stefan Foidl

Markus Radke, Klangregie

Joachim Haas, Klangregie
Live-Elektronische Realisation: SWR Experimentalstudio

Roland Kluttig, Dirigent


Mark Andre

rwh 1–4. Konzert-Zyklus in vier Teilen (2017–2022) (EA)


Produktion Wien Modern
Dank an die Domkirche St. Stephan und Kunst & Kultur – ohne Grenzen
Freie Platzwahl

Subscription series Nouvelles Aventures

Festival Wien Modern 36


Presented by Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft

The breath that means the world

At Wien Modern, Mark Andre's spiritual opus magnum »rwḥ 1-4« can be experienced for the first time in Austria – at the composer's request in St. Stephen's Cathedral. The silence at the beginning of the concert becomes a kind of leitmotif: some sounds in this feature-length composition live on the verge of disappearing – the fanning of air with a sheet of music, the sound of a switched-off organ flowing into nothingness, the whispering, breathing and huffing of the human voice. The audience experiences this breathing, sounding space in four chapters: In the first part, instruments and electronics are distributed around the room. The second part is sung by a choir; the third, shortest part is purely instrumental. In the fourth part, with choirs and orchestral groups distributed around the room, the scene expands to a long shot. The large, expansive instrumentation and the large form on the one hand, the fragility, cautiousness, inwardness and spirituality on the other, do not form a contradiction: almost at the limit of the audible, where the air is just enough to live, an amazing, huge, delicate sound organism moves. With »rwḥ 1-4«, Mark Andre's music reaches an intensity that is unique.

»›rwh‹ (›ruach‹ pronounced) is an Aramaic word and opens up a very wide field of words: it is about breath, air, fragrance and wind, but also about spirit - and at the latest since Martin Luther's translation also about the Holy Spirit. This word field is feminine, which means that unlike us, the Holy Spirit is also thought of as feminine. The title in its many meanings creates a very beautiful interface between the very earthly and existential, such as breath, on the one hand, and the supernatural, spiritual, on the other.« (Mark Andre)


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