Long unconquered by humankind, the sea is the birthplace of a rich multitude of myths and legends. This untamed element, whose sudden swells, hypnotising calms and endless expanses lure men into its depths, has shaped the collective memory of all human culture.
Its more sinister side inspired many Romantic-era poets and artists, both serving as a metaphor for unpredictable and often brutal emotional states and being a source of very real danger. Sailors, fishermen, adventurers and travellers alike often perished in its depths, as the vast number of shipwrecks still rotting on the ocean floor can attest to. There live, according to ancient legends, the fantastic creatures of the deep: nymphs, mermaids, sea monsters, or kings and queens of sunken continents in their glass-walled underwater palaces. These eerie and mythical worlds illustrate, in abstract form, our primal fear of the sea.
At the beginning lush and poetical, the musical works in this programme gradually evolve into ominous fantasies and realistic images of the sea's hidden perils.
Andrea Lauren Brown, Manja Stephan, Anna Terterjan, soprano
Nina Böhlke, Julie Comparini, Kerstin Stöcker, alto
Barbara Kler, piano
Musical Direction: Julie Comparini
Visuals: Peter Schenk
Edward Elgar: Where Corals Lie
Julie Comparini, Suwon Kim, piano
Johannes Brahms: Barcarole
Tutti a capella
More information and bookings: Julie Comparini