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Vivier: Rêves d?un Marco Polo
Rêves dun Marco Polo; Kopernikus
Susan Narucki (); Lani Poulson (); Claron McFadden (); Kathryn Harries (); Karl Daymond (); Johan Leysen ();
Asko Ensemble; Schönberg Ensemble; Reinbert de Leeuw
Stage Director(s): Pierre Audi
Many consider Claude Vivier the greatest composer Canada has yet produced. György Ligeti once called him 'the finest French composer of his generation'. A pupil under Gilles Tremblay and Karlheinz Stockhausen, he soon created his own dazzling vocal and orchestral language, profoundly marked by his travels to the Far East. The interweaving of his personal and professional life, of the real and the imaginary, reveals a compelling global awareness, deep human compassion and a universal quest for ultimate enlightenment. Vivier himself pursued this journey of discovery, until his tragic murder in Paris at the age of thirty-four. The two parts of Rêves dun Marco Polo are like shadow and light, forming a dreamlike ritualistic experience and encompassing stage productions of his finest compositions. Pierre Audi's superb and moving staging is complemented by refined, passionate musical direction from Reinbert de Leeuw, leading the soloists, the Asko Ensemble and the Schönberg Ensemble to great heights.
'Claude Vivier' - a spellbinding and insightful 60-minute documentary by Cherry Duyns, from his acclaimed contemporary composer portrait series, on the life and work of Claude Vivier, including rare footage, interviews with conductor Reinbert de Leeuw and people close to Vivier and his music. Introductions to the work by Pierre Audi and Reinbert de Leeuw.