Musik & Theater

Julian Zeman und Rainer Trost

Trost, Zeman & Lorenz: Ernst Kreneks Reisebuch Op. 62
An evening of Lieder, with readings

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Ernst Krenek composed the words and music for this Lieder cycle himself. At first, it seems to offer vivid images of the landscape, towns, and villages of Austria; but at the same time it provides a more general representation of a poetic journey through the Alpine lands. What the traveller — the subject in the lyric — experiences, and how he reacts to it, stems from the time when the piece was written; but it also points to the present day. Through his poetry and music, Krenek explored many of the characteristics of Austrian existence and the Austrian landscape, and the representations he fashioned have stood the test of time. His tonal settings have links to the unmistakeable sound of the Lieder of Franz Schubert, to whom one Lied is dedicated. At the end, the question for the lyrical protagonist is whether this country, for which he harbours both affection and a gentle criticism, can ever be a beloved “homeland”. Interesting. Joseph Lorenz recites largely unknown autobiographical texts by Ernst Krenek.

Ernst Krenek: Reisebuch aus den österreichischen Alpen, Liederzyklus in vier Bänden op. 62 (A traveller’s companion from the Austrian alps; Lieder cycle in four volumes, Op. 62)
Autobiographical texts by Ernst Krenek

Tickets: Band A €38/ B €33/ C €28; box seats €48
MuTh Club Student, children and young people: A €20 / B €15 / C €9

  • Tenor: Rainer Trost
  • Piano: Julius Zeman
  • Narrator: Joseph Lorenz