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Chaya Czernowin - Pnima...ins Innere
Opera in 3 Acts
Opening: Miniatures (10:13)
Entrance of the Old Man (5:44)
Heart of the Old Man (4:42)
Entrance of the Child (7:16)
Introduction - Child (5:42)
Old Man (5:43)
Child's Aria (9:16)
First Verse (1:08)
First Orchestral Wave (0:53)
Second Verse (0:40)
Drowning in the Orchestra (3:09)
Third Verse (0:58)
THE OLD MAN: Richard Beek
Philip Larson & Tom Sol, voices
THE YOUNG BOY: Elias Maurides
Ute Wassermann & Silke Storz, voices
Anthony Burr, clarinet
Rico Gubler, saxophone
Andreas Eberle, trombone
David Shively, singing saw & percussion
Mary Oliver, viola
Frank Cox, violoncello
Experimental Studio of the Heinrich Strobel Stiftung SWR, live electronics
André Richard, Michael Acker, Reinhold Braig, sound direction
Munich Chamber Orchestra with Johannes Kalitzke, conductor
PNIMA...INS INNERE is more than a opera or music theater piece about the holocaust. It is a piece that deals with the way we react to a traumatic experience.
* PNIMA is an attempt to create a different kind of music theater. No traditional libretto, no plot, only mental situations. No singers who are actors, it is a non-verbal non-narrative experience. On the stage are two actors who do not sing or speak, on the sides of the stage are the vocal and instrumental soloists.
* It is based on a novel by an Israeli author David Grossmann, See Under: Love. The book deals with the holocaust from the point of view of the second generation to the holocaust: the children of the survivors, who cannot touch this horrible experience but are forced to encounter its constant but hidden presence.
* The opera is a journey into the psychology of a boy encountering his grandfather who survived the holocaust, but is crazy, eccentric, and is withdrawn in the traumatic experience, unable to talk or to live anything else.
* The opera is composed of an opening and three scenes. It incorporates dramatic lighting and staging along with video, making it a perfect work for the DVD medium.
* Pnima was commissioned for the Munich Biennale 2000.
* The opera was selected as "The best premiere of the year", by Opernwelt, and won the "Bayerischer Theatre Prize" in 2000. It received more than 70 rave reviews from all over Europe.
* SPECIAL FEATURE: 24 minute interview with the composer.
Works on This Recording
Pnima...ins Innere by Chaya Czernowin
Franklin Cox (Cello),
Andreas Eberle (Trombone),
Rico Gubler (Saxophone),
Silke Storz (Soprano),
Anthony Burr (Clarinet),
Philip Larson (Baritone),
Tom Sol (Baritone),
Ute Wassermann (Voice),
David Shively (Percussion),
Mary Oliver (Viola)
Munich Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
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