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FULL Exiles. Remembrances (Anderson) Munich 2023 Julia Bullock

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  • Published by: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, BR Klassik  
  • Date Published: 2023  
  • Format: Streaming
  • Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
  • Subtitles: nosubs  
  • Video Recording from: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks     FULL VIDEO

Julian Anderson
»Exiles. Remembrances« for voices and orchestra

Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47

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Julian Anderson, whose family suffered the loss of numerous family members during the Holocaust, continues to draw inspiration from the theme of exile. In his composition, he processes these thoughts in the form of small episodes that describe the different fates of exiles. While the musicologist Harry Halbreich had to flee Vichy France to Switzerland on October 6, 1942 at the age of only 11, the diplomat Varian Fry protected about 2500 people between 1940 and 1941 whose lives were threatened by the German invasion. The composer also deals with current events in Exiles: the first movement deals with the inner exile of the pandemic lockdown.

The textual bases of the work are just as diverse as the experiences described: in addition to an e-mail from the Moroccan-French composer Ahmed Essyad to a circle of composers, Anderson also uses biblical passages: In the last movement we encounter Psalm 108, in which uniting all nations in a song of praise “’La Grace exilée” by Guillaume Apollinaire about a rainbow in exile, closes the composition. The work ends with a glimmer of hope in difficult times. The composer notes: “The arc spans from ancient and mythical to contemporary and very personal texts in order to illuminate the topic of exile from different spatial and temporal perspectives.”

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