Lingua angelorum, song cycle
Sheherazade, symphonic suite Op. 35
Thomas HAMPSON | baritone
PRAGUE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Jac van STEEN | conductor
Jac van Steen entered the hearts of Prague audiences as a great Mahlerian. And the same goes for the world-renowned American baritone Thomas Hampson, who played a major role in the restoration of Mahler’s birth house in Kaliště near Humpolec. The love of the music of this native of the Moravian Highlands has brought the two gentlemen together in many concerts. This time, however, they have directed their combined forces towards a different goal. To give the Prague premiere of the song cycle Lingua angelorum by Sylvie Bodorová, a piece performed already four times by the Israeli Philharmonic, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. The composition was initiated by Hampson and inspired by the imperial court of Rudolph II, where not only various elixirs were mixed, by also languages. There are nine of them in the cycle! One of them is the Osman language, scorched by the sun rays of Arabic and Persian and the original language of the clever Scheherazade stories, once told for one thousand and one nights to her King.