• Konzerte im Maschinenhaus: Anton Batagov

  • Mo, 05.09.2016 ab 20:00 Uhr
  • Maschinenhaus Essen
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Die angesehene Wochenzeitschrift Newsweek beschreibt Anton Batagov als „eine der wichtigsten und ungewöhnlichsten Figuren der zeitgenössischen russischen Musik“. Nachdem er 1986 den renommierten Internationalen Tschaikowsky-Wettbewerb gewonnen hatte, machte der russische Pianist und Komponist das Publikum seiner Heimat mit der Musik amerikanischer Komponisten wie John Cage, Morton Feldman, Steve Reich und Philip Glass vertraut. Aufgrund seiner post-minimalistischen Kompositionen nannte die Los Angeles Times Batagov „einen russischen Terry Riley“.

In seinem neuen Konzertprogramm verbindet er Philip Glass’ Musik für den Film „The Hours“ mit Klavierwerken von Johann Pachelbel. Drei Jahrhunderte trennen den amerikanischen Minimalisten von dem deutschen Barockkomponisten. Und doch haben ihre Werke sehr viele Gemeinsamkeiten. Beide Komponisten bauen ihre Musik auf einfachen Akkordfolgen auf, die fortwährend wiederholt werden. Um diese repetitiven Harmoniemuster schreiben sie Variationen, in denen immer neue Melodien und Texte emporkommen, die ganz langsam ihr Geheimnis preisgeben.

Anton Batagov über Philip Glass:

“The heroes of "The Hours" movie are separated by decades but connected through the events that happen with some kind of similar inevitability. On a surface they live a beautiful successful life; "they are fine". But deep inside they suffer from disharmony and despair leading them to suicide. The music of Philip Glass written for this film is a journey through the labyrinth of sorrow that has no way out. It sounds simple and recognizable, and it has a strong power of compassion. In fact, all of us live in such a labyrinth. We want our life to be somewhat different but we don't know how to change it while hours, years and centuries are passing by.”

Anton Batagov über Johann Pachelbel:

“The German composer and organist Johann Pachelbel (1653 – 1706) was as popular as a 20th Century rock star. He received much recognition during his lifetime. After his wife and son died of plague, Pachelbel's first published work was called Musicalische Sterbens-Gedanken (Musical Thoughts on Death). Most of his compositions from that moment were meditations on death. Step by step through this music we gain awareness of the fact that death is not the end and not a transition into non-existence. Just the opposite: it is an entrance into a space in which there are no temporary phenomena subject to suffering and decay, no parting and no fear. There is only dazzling light and love, nothing else. And our whole life is a preparation for this transition, an anticipation of this moment. We train our-selves, we learn how to live there. And finally, to arrive in that space, we must first pass the entrance exam: we must die.”

Foto: Ira Polyarnaya