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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)
Komische Oper Berlin