„The Mother“

Cantata by Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler, St. Stephan High School (Augsburg)

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Without any kopeks, nothing can be achieved. Whatever task an individual embarks on, it won’t be enough. The situation can only get worse and progress is impossible. “The Mother” is the story of Pelagea Wlassowa. It was created by Maxim Gorky and adapted by Bertolt Brecht. It is the portrait of a simple woman whose pragmatism makes her into a revolutionary. Pelagea is a formidable mother: to keep her son out of politics, she risks her own life, although she still loses him in the end.
Hanns Eisler writes stirring accompanying music which is as gripping as it is rousing. Eisler focuses on agitation for the political cause in a generally understandable and yet modern musical language for all. He remains connected to tonality, his rhythms and measures are distorted and veiled, but the march, as the musical core of the political movement, almost always prevails. The overture is followed by Bach’s musical topos of redemption in belief: the music of a mother who continues her son’s work after his martyrdom and therefore becomes an idol for the masses.
Hanns Eisler writes stirring accompanying music which is as gripping as it is rousing. Eisler focuses on agitation for the political cause in a generally understandable and yet modern musical language for all. He remains connected to tonality, his rhythms and measures are distorted and veiled, but the march, as the musical core of the political movement, almost always prevails. The overture is followed by Bach’s musical topos of redemption in belief: the music of a mother who continues her son’s work after his martyrdom and therefore becomes an idol for the masses.

Artistic Director:

Dr. Ulrich Graba

Mezzosopran:

Julia Pfänder

Bariton:

Michael Etzel

Chor:

St. Stephan High School

Pianos:

Matthias Gyr, Stefan Schuster

Biography of the singers:

 

Michael Etzel

Michael Etzel is a trained vocal soloist at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg who originally studied music at St. Stephan high school in Augsburg. As a tenor, he has performed on international stages under the direction of Hansjörg Albrecht, and others. Etzel can currently be heard performing with the Munich Philharmonic Choir, the Rundfunkchor Berlin, the Bayerischer Rundfunk Choir, the NDR Choir and the Zurich Sing Academy. https://www.michaeletzel.de/

 

Julia Pfänder

Julia Pfänder is currently studying classical solo singing at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. In opera productions at the university, she can be heard performing as Erda in “The Rhinegold” or as the Countess in Lortzing’s “The Poacher”. The mezzo-soprano has sung with leading artists including Thomas Hengelbrock in well-known choirs, such as the Madrigalchor Munich, the Audi Youth Choir Academy and Munich Philharmonic Choir.

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