Deliver us from evil
On July 3 I saw the dress rehearsal for the Lincoln Center Festival presentation of Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten. As all early signs indicated, it’s an astonishing experience; details will follow in a New Yorker review. Unfortunately, the only tickets still available for the run â€” 7/5 to 7/12 â€” are in the $150-250 range; cheaper seats are all gone. There’s a video preview at the New York Times website.
(Via Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise)
Great! 18 percussionists, 110 musicians, a wagon that moves a thousand people… check out the video preview.
From the Lincoln Center web site:
The 110-piece Bochumer Symphoniker and its enormous percussion section â€” along with a jazz combo and forty singers, actors and dancers â€” quotes Bach amid Zimmermannâ€™s twelve-tone composition and shares a multimedia palette with taped and amplified music to produce a maelstrom of wrenching emotion, and as the composer so boldly envisioned, one of the most important operatic works of the second half of the 20th-century.