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Claire Chevallier & Jan Decorte

When actor and dramaturge Jan Decorte rewrites classics, he always manages to penetrate into the core of great masterpieces by virtue of his own idiom, which is concurrently charming in a childlike way and unsettling in its brutality. In 2003 he wrote O Death, a powerful emulation of Ayschylus’ Oresteia. The story is reduced to its essence and is interrupted at six points by a poem about death. These poems, ranging the whole gamut from a devastating yearning for death to a rejection of death and an embrace of life, are confronted with Franz Liszt’s music. The selection played by Claire Chevallier on her Erard from 1876 reveals Liszt’s fascination for death, both in his youth and later in life. The focus is not on the glamorously brilliant composer, but on the poet who has quieted down and points the way to the future in many respects. As the final event of a weekend Slow Lisztening this promises to become a splendid confrontation of music and word.

Performers
Claire Chevallier, piano | Jan Decorte, speech | Sigrid Vinks, speech

Programme
Franz Liszt: Funérailles, Andante lagrimoso, Méphisto Waltz, 3 Liebesträume, Wiegenlied, Legende Saint François d’Assise – La prédication aux oiseaux, Legende Saint François de Paule – Marchant sur les flots