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Levinas: The Passion according to Mark. A Passion after Auschwitz

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The Passion according to Mark. A Passion after Auschwitz, premiered in April 2017. The project was commissioned to French composer Michaël Levinas by the Swiss association “Musique pour un temps présent”, as part of the events commemorating the 500th anniversary of Luther’s reform. This original oratorio is not only a reinterpretation or a mere revisitation of the Passion - what the many references to Bach’s Passions could lead to believe, it painfully faces, indeed, the irreconcilable nature of the Passion and the Holocaust. What is the object of this Passion after Auschwitz, which revolves around what can link two musical traditions, two religions that have been separated by barbarism. Which music, which tradition, which language can the composer use in order to express this double silence, both historical and theological, both human and divine? “After the Holocaust, is it possible to compose without crying and trembling ?”, Michaël Levinas asks. It is not about anger or compassion. Because of the subtle polyphonies written for the chorus, the voices and the orchestra, and also because of the way the different languages - Old French, Yiddish, Aramaic, German - create meaning out of one another, both the structure and the musical language of this Passion are incredibly intricate. But they are so for a reason: by putting side by side western musical traditions and the tragic component of modern history, Levinas manages to «shake», during the artistic process, the future of the Holy Language and of the Gospel after Auschwitz. What separates therefore the Gospel of Mark from the Jewish prayer for the dead (Kaddish) or from the El male Rahamim, or from the two poems by Paul Celan ending the work, is not so much a question of representation, but more accurately it is a way to make the tragedy resound, without any artifice and without any safety net.
Item number BAC552
Barcode 3760115305526
Release date 01/04/2019
Category Classical
Label Bel Air Classics
Media type BLU-RAY DVD
Number of units 1
Artists Léger, Magali
Grange, Marion
Terrail, Guilhem
Dubroca, Mathieu
Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne
Ensemble vocal de Lausanne
Composers Levinas, Michaël
Conductors Kissoczy, Marc
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