Zeitkratzer – 2015

Festival “Singing War” – HKW/ Berlin

Vaterländische Ouverture [Rekonstruktion]

Mankind’s response to the theme of war is ambivalent. In music this conflict is clearly expressed. The spectrum ranges from patriotic battle songs to pacifist hymns, from requiems tinged with a longing for death to the idea of the Futurists of elevating the sounds of the battlefield to the rank of a symphony. What happens when war music is played with enthusiasm, the fallen are remembered and soldiers march joyfully?
The Berlin soloist ensemble zeitkratzer reflects on the historical fact that at the outbreak of war in 1914 the majority of Germany’s concert halls radically changed their programmes. It offers a high volume exploration of Bertolt Brecht and Rainer Marie Rilke’s pro-war poetry, along with fairy tales, as intoned by the Berlin Philharmonic at the start of war in 1914. Inspired by productions of the time, actor Maximilian Brauer confronts the audience with patriotic oratory.

The „Chor der Kulturen der Welt“ sings „Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott“ und „Nun danket alle Gott“