OdysseyRebecca Crown Hall, Jerusalem Theatre
Sonia Wieder-Atherton with texts by Aharon Appelfeld (France–Israel)
Duration: 75 minutes (without intermission)
Internationally-renowned cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton appears in a rare collaboration with the writer Aharon Appelfeld in a performance created especially for the Israel Festival. The evening will feature a correspondence between Atherton-Wieder’s work for cello, “Odyssey,” and excerpts from Appelfeld’s 1999 work The Story of a Life.
“Odyssey” contains 13 brief musical adventures based on works by Bach, Prokofiev and Andre Hajdu, as well as songs from Syria, Egypt and the Byzantine Empire. In “Odyssey,” the third in Wieder-Atherton’s musical triptych, the composer researches music from the Mediterranean basin and melds it with various other styles. Recordings of Appelfeld reading from his book run like a thread through the composition.
Wieder-Atherton, a prizewinner in the Rostropovich Competition at age 25, has played as soloist with orchestras all over the world, including the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre Nationale de France, the Belgian Orchestre Nationale, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Liège Philharmonic. In recent years Wieder-Atherton has been expanding her repertoire, collaborating with contemporary composers such as Pascal Dusapin, Georges Aperghis, Wolfgang Rihm, and Bruno Mantovani.
Wieder-Atherton, a recipient of the Brenheim Foundation’s Art prize in 2012, has been described as bringing unbridled energy to the concert hall. Alone with her cello on stage Wieder-Atherton this work evokes a dreamlike vision of standing beneath the burning sun facing a soundtrack of boat sirens, crickets, a murmuring crowd, breathing and the cry of the wind.
* The production is supported by the Ostrovsky Family Fund
*Excerpts from The Story of a Life (Keter Publishing House, 1999) are copyright © Aharon Appelfeld
Design, artistic direction, concept and soundtrack: Sonia Wieder-Atherton
Recorded excerpts from The Story of a Life read by Aharon Appelfeld
Musical collaboration: Franck Krawczyk
Soundtrack: Franck Rossi
Production: Walter Sounds
From the critics:
“If all performances and recitals had such savor, miracles could really happen and bigger audiences of every age would surely be drawn to the so-called classical arena.” (Toutelaculture.com, March 2013)
“Her latest, Odyssey, is a powerful experience of musical life… With her steady bow she single-handedly steers her little boat, fragile as a nutshell, for over an hour through the tumult of a Titanic sound track.” (Le Monde, March 2013)Next Show >< Previous show
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