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The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs


“ADAGIO” – MUSIC FOR EASTER
DOCUMENTA 14


Co-production:
documenta 14
Athens State Orchestra
Megaron - The Athens Concert Hall


A project by documenta 14 artists Ross Birrell and David Harding.


-Ross Birrell & Ali Moraly: Fugue, Quatrain for Solo Violin after Paul Celan’s Death Fugue (2017)
Ali Moraly violin
A composition for solo violin by Syrian violinist and composer, Ali Moraly, in collaboration with artist Ross Birrell, Fugue is inspired by Paul Celan’s powerful and dark response to the Holocaust in the poem Death Fugue (1948) The word “fugue” is derived from the Latin “fugere”, “to flee” and the Greek «φεύγω» from which also stems the word “refugee”.

-Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) (1976)
The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs is the Polish composer’s best-known work. It is a poignant lament for orchestra and soprano in three movements, each focusing on the sense of hopelessness, separation, and loss experienced by parents and children as a consequence of war.

Racha Rizk soprano
Athens State Orchestra
Members of the Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra (SEPO),
under the artistic direction of its founder, Raed Jazbeh

Conductor: Daniel Raiskin

At 7:45 p.m. there will be a free introductory talk for ticket-holders
Speaker: Nikos Laaris

Part of the concert proceeds will benefit the Greek State Orchestra’s initiative “Pink Box”
as well as the programs of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) for refugees.