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Heiner Goebbels
Landschaft mit entfernten Verwandten

David Bennent voice
Georg Nigl baritone
Ensemble Modern
Deutscher Kammerchor
Franck Ollu conductor
Landschaft mit entfernten Verwandten
Landscape Wwith Distant Rrelatives
Paysages avec parents éloignés

Opera for soloists, choir and ensemble with texts by Gertrude Stein, Giordano Bruno, Henri Michaux, T.S. Eliot, Leonardo da Vinci and Nicolas Poussin

Part One
Il y a des jours
Non sta
The Sirens
Ove è dunque
Les Inachevés
Tanz der Derwische
Emplie de
In the 19th Century
Triumphal March
Well Anyway
Did It Really Happen?
Kehna hi kya
Et c’est toujours

Part Two

Il y a des jours
La Fronde à hommes
Just Like That
Bild der Städte
Ich leugne nicht die Unterscheidung
Krieg der Städte
On the Road
And We Said Good Bye
On the Radio
Different Nations
Out Where The West Begins
Train Travelling
Je ne voyage plus
Freight Train

Recorded live October 2004
ECM New Series 1811

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‘Soundtrack’ of Heiner Goebbels’ massive music theatre piece, “Landscape With Distant Relatives” – ‘an opera in the full sense of the term’ - recorded at Paris’s Festival d’Automne, incorporating texts by Gertrude Stein, Giordano Bruno, Henri Michaux, T.S. Eliot and Nicolas Poussin, and drawing on the services of actor-speaker David Bennett, baritone Georg Nigl, 16 further singers and 19 instrumentalists. The non-linear storyline embraces the ambiguous relationship between art and reality and the nature of political conflict. “The consistently gripping score runs the gamut of styles from Renaissance tonal tapestry (incorporating early instruments) to teeth-baring aggression – including an army of drummers raising merry hell.” (Rob Cowan, The Independent)