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Hanspeter Kyburz

Publisher: AMP

touché (2006),
Text Writer
Sabine Marienberg
Publisher
Breitkopf und Härtel
Category
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
2006
Duration
22 Minutes
Language
English
Soloist
Soprano, Tenor
Programme Note
Hanspeter Kyburz touché (2006),
Premiere:
2 September 2006
Lucerne Festival
Christiane Oelze, soprano; John Mark Ainsley, tenor
Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst
Lucerne, Switzerland

Performances
Date
Title
  • 05 OCT 2006
    touché New York Premiere
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
    Cleveland Orchestra
    Christiane Oelze, soprano; John Mark Ainsley, tenor; Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
  • 01 OCT 2006
    touché Country Premiere
    Cleveland, OH
    Cleveland Orchestra
    Christiane Oelze, soprano; John Mark Ainsley, tenor; Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
  • 02 SEP 2006
    touché World Premiere
    Lucerne Festival
    Lucerne, Switzerland
    Cleveland Orchestra
    Christiane Oelze, soprano; John Mark Ainsley, tenor; Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

Reviews
…Kyburz’s newest creation draws the listener into the dramatic narrative through sheer force of vocal and instrumental personality. A tenor and soprano speak, sing and declaim fragmented lines, answering and ending sentences or ordering the other to move on. The diversion is almost unrelievedly dark, its episodes of anger, sarcasm and tension alleviated by moments of serenity. Kyburz’s musical language rarely flirts with tonality, but its powerful sonorities are reminiscent of Alban Berg’s writing in terms of turbulent lyricism. The composer uses the orchestra as a brooding, clamorous beast that can transform itself into a delicate creature. …The artistic weather isn’t completely overcast. Flashes of humor can be discerned…Kyburz’s command of vocal color and orchestral animation is so sure that touché intrigues even when, like the protagonists, its essence is untouchable.
Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer ,10/3/2006
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