Festival O/Modernt

Festival O/Modernt

Since time immemorial the past has been a source of inspiration for artists working in every creative field. Festival O/Modernt (Swedish for ‘Un/Modern’) celebrates this ‘looking back’ by exploring the relationships between the work of old composers and the artistic and intellectual creations of modern culture. Each year a single composer closely contemporary with the period when Confidencen, Ulriksdal Palace Theatre, first rose to life is the guiding spirit of the festival. The eighth edition of the festival is inspired by the muse of Henry Purcell. His inimitable ground basses are the creative spark for a weeklong voyage through music, art and literature.

Artistic director Hugo Ticciati

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FAIRIES, FANTASIES and FOLKLORE
Friday 15 June 18.00

HUGO TICCIATI violin RETO BIERI clarinet HAYDEN CHISHOLM saxophone MARZI NYMAN electric guitar
MARK TATLOW harpsichord THE AGIOS BAND O/MODERNT CHAMBER ORCHESTRA O/MODERNT NEW GENERATION

The world of fairies plays host to drunken poets, the enchantments of love and singing men and women from China, as Purcell’s The Fairy Queen sets the stage for a fantastical folkloric journey. The bittersweet strains of Purcell and Vaughan Williams encounter lilting Swedish melancholy before being transformed through the agency of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ into boisterous merrymaking enacted to the rhythms of Greece, the Balkans and New Orleans. ‘If music be the food of love …’ then let the revelry begin!

THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES
Saturday 16 June 16.00

In Swedish | På svenska
LUCIANA MANCINI mezzosoprano HUGO TICCIATI violin PRIYA MITCHELL violin JOHANNES MARMÉN violin GARETH LUBBE viola CLAUDE FROCHAUX cello HENRIK MÅWE piano

From the ground up, Elzéard Bouffier selflessly transforms the lives of others through the elemental act of planting trees. Drawing us deeper into the heart and mind of this extraordinary character, and allowing us time to reflect on his innocent undertakings, the music of Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Brahms, Satie and Webern punctuates the telling of Jean Giono’s 1953 fable. May the commingling of heart-rending words and inspiring music plant a seed in every willing heart, prompting us to live a life dedicated to the present moment and reminding us how the simplest actions can help to change the world.

LAMENT and CONSOLATION: FOURTHS DOWN and UP
Saturday 16 June 18.00

LUCIANA MANCINI mezzosoprano HENRIK MÅWE piano MARZI NYMAN electric guitar LEANDRO MANCINI-OLIVOS percussion CHRISTOPH SOMMER theorb O/MODERNT CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Incl. Purcell When I am Laid in Earth | Monteverdi Lamento d’Arianna Strauss Metamorphosen | Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven | Muse Resistance
For four hundred years the descending bass line constructed from a perfect fourth that flows with melancholy power from tonic to dominant and back again has formed the basis of the musical lament: from the iconic monodies of Monteverdi and Purcell to the epic laments of Elton John, Paul Simon, Led Zeppelin, Muse and Bob Dylan. The question raised in tonight’s concert is whether the rising fourths of Strauss’ Metamorphosen provide a glimmer of hope or dissolve into despair.

OUT OF SILENCE
Sunday 17 June 16.00

THE RECOVERY OF ANCIENT BABYLONIAN MUSIC
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Irving Finkel, Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian script, languages and cultures in the Department of the Middle East in the British Museum, discusses Ancient Babylonian music. Lecture in English.

TRANSFORMING SPANISH SEXUALITY: The Chaconne
Sunday 17 June 18.00

LUCIANA MANCINI mezzosoprano PRIYA MITCHELL violin CECILIA KNUDSEN viola da gamba RETO BIERI clarinet CHRISTOPH SOMMER theorb NORA THIELE percussion O/MODERNT CHAMBER ORCHESTRA BLÅSARSYMFONIKERNA
Incl. Spanish & Purcell Chaconnes | Bach Chaconne | Brahms Symphony No. 4

Originating as a sexy dance in South America, the ‘chacona’ crossed the Atlantic and established itself in Spain as a fiendishly irresistible temptation. In 1615 it was banned from Spanish theatres for being ‘lascivious, dishonest, or offensive to pious ears’, but the allure of the chaconne held sway. It was transplanted to the high culture of western music, where it found favour with composers including Purcell and Bach, whose chaconne for solo violin stands supreme. In 1885 Brahms reworked the chaconne from Bach’s Nach dir, Herr in the last movement of his Fourth Symphony.

UNMODERN AT O/MODERNT: LA VIE EN ROSE
Monday 18 June 19.00

KAROLINA BLIXT mezzosoprano PRIYA MITCHELL violin HUGO TICCIATI violin
MANUEL HOFER viola ANDRES KALJUSTE violin JULIAN ARP cello CLAUDE FROCHAUX cello RETO BIERI clarinet NINO GVETADZE piano

This year’s edition of our one-of-a-kind ‘Un/Modern’ concerts luxuriates in the luscious sounds of Brahms’ Lieder and Clarinet Quintet before embarking on an impassioned journey through the French landscapes of Fauré’s Piano Quartet no. 1, with a Parisian detour through the zestful Gallic chansons immortalized by Edith Piaf.

FAIREST ISLE
Tuesday 19 June 19.00

LUCIANA MANCINI mezzosoprano CHRISTOPH SOMMER theorb VOCES8 O/MODERNT CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Incl. Purcell Hear My Prayer, O Lord | Gibbons Drop, Drop, Slow Tears

Elgar Serenade for Strings | Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge  In the fifteenth century the richly harmonized polyphony that emerged from the pens of English composers was known in France as the Contenance Angloise, or ‘the English manner’. Via its powerful influence on the Burgundian court of Philip the Good, the English style quickly spread far and wide to become a thoroughly European mode of musical being. English music that is proudly European? Pace the Brexiteers, ’twas actually ever thus! As tonight’s programme of English music gorgeously exemplifies, music knows no boundaries and eschews isolationism. Taking in some of the loveliest English music from Purcell and Gibbons to Elgar and Britten, this evening’s concert celebrates the sounds of the ‘Fairest Isle’.

HENRY and HARRY | POTTER and PURCELL
Wednesday 20 June 19.00

HENRY och HARRY | POTTER och PURCELL
Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas | Harry Potter film music

LUCIANA MANCINI mezzosoprano OLLE PERSSON tenor MARK TATLOW harpsichord CHRISTOPH SOMMER theorb
VOCES8 O/MODERNT CHAMBER ORCHESTRA YOUNG RUSSIAN BALLET TOBY YOUNG composer

Purcell’s Dido portrays an exceptionally complex human being wrestling with the conflicting pulls of the heart. As the chorus sings when Dido’s fate is sealed: ‘Great minds against themselves conspire / And shun the cure they most desire.’ Approaching Dido via the magical cosmos of Harry Potter, we transpose the seventeenthcentury operatic narrative into a contemporary mythical context and so close the gap between the world of Purcell’s Dido and our own.

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