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with Brandon Keith Brown and Wallis Giunta

What actually makes folk music folk music? - this question is symphonically explored by the Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin under the direction of Brandon Keith Brown: George Walker's Lyric for strings has real earworm qualities with its vocal lines and is one of the most important components of the American concert tradition.

Wallis Giunta
Wallis Giunta Jan Windszus Photography

Luciano Berio took recordings and traditions of folk songs from all over the world as a model for his Folk Songs and processed them into an exciting and colorful cycle. Louis Andriessen's Workers Union, which opens the concert, forms a massive monophonic timbre out of 20 instrumentalists without limiting individual freedom.

Gustav Mahler's folk-infused 1st Symphony closes the concert: here one hears everything the "Volxmusikherz" desires - from nature lute painting to Austrian Ländler to the minor-key "Bruder Jakob" canon.

Works performed:

  • Louis Andriessen [1939-2021] Workers Union
  • George Walker [1922-2018] Lyric for strings
  • Luciano Berio [1925-2003] Folk Songs for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
  • Gustav Mahler [1860-1911] Symphony No. 1 in D major
Additional information
Participating artists
Brandon Keith Brown (Dirigent)
Wallis Giunta (Solisitin, Mezzosopran)
Es spielt das Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin.
Komische Oper Berlin