IMF Kutná Hora 2017

Monday / August 24 / 10 p.m. / Church of St. John Nepomucene

Kchun: PURGATIO

 

St. Francis of Assisi, Dante Alighieri, Jacopo da Bologna, Johannes de Florentia, etc.

Martin Prokeš – tenor, Marek Šulc – baritone
Vladimír Javorský – pre-recorded recitation
Atila Vörös – drawings
Rudolf Živec – artistic projection

The concert will be supplemented by video art works of Atila Vörös and Rudolf Živec.

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Purgatio is a thoroughly unique audiovisual project presented here in its original format for the first time in the Czech Republic, combining plainchant, Renaissance polyphony, spoken word and light drawing in a single whole.

 

Creator Omnium

1. Hymnus Primus parens hominum
2. St. Francis of Assisi: Laudes Creaturarum
3. Kyrie Inmense Conditor
4. Tropus super Libera me Domine Creator omnium rerum Deus

 

Mors

5. Conductus Veni redemptor gencium
6. Dante Alighieri: Divine Comedy (Inferno)
7. Leich Vanitas Vanitatum
8. Conductus Si Deus est animus
9. Relevation of  St. John

 

Infernum

10. Antiphona Aperite mihi portas justitie / Ps. 117 Confitemini Domino
11. Hymnus Audi tellus, audi magni
12. Dante Alighieri: Divine Comedy
13. Conductus Quis dabit capiti meo
14. Psalm 51 (50) Have mercy upon me, O God
15. Lauda Convertime o Signore

 

Purgatorium

16. De Lamentatione Jeremiae Prophetae
17. Prosa Portum in ultimo
18. Psalm 114 (113) When Israel came out of Egypt
19. Conductus In hoc ortus occidente – improvisation
20. Dante Alighieri: Divine Comedy (Purgatorio)
21. Jacopo da Bologna: Madrigale Lo lume vostro

 

Paradisum

22. Sanctus O quam dulciter voces ibi resonant
23. Johannes de Florentia: Madrigale La bella stella
24. Dante Alighieri: Divine Comedy (Paradiso)
25. Hymnus Urbs Jerusalem beata
26. Benedicamus Benigno voto

 

Purgatio is a thoroughly unique audiovisual project presented here in its original format for the first time in the Czech Republic, combining plainchant, Renaissance polyphony, spoken word and light drawing in a single whole.

Underlying the combination alone of two voices without instrumental accompaniment is the promise of an experience of exceptional intensity. For this work´s interpreters, one of whom has stood at the helm of a successful festival and the other holds the post of music director in a radio station, the present project is clearly a matter of the heart. “To be alone with oneself. Alone with one´s soul. To feel the human voice and song. To dissolve in a particular moment of time. Such is the project mounted by the duo Kchun, bringing together in a symbolic arch the concepts of Earth and Acceptance.”

The concert programme entitled Purgatio draws inspiration from the iconic literary work of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), often regarded as the epitome of medieval thought. Dante created arguably the most solemn artistic portrayal of Purgatory. This music will transport the listener to the period between the 12th and 14th centuries.

Imagine a church or chapel immersed in total darkness and silence. Suddenly the darkness begins to recede. Light and its magic imagery embue the human soul with a seeming of life so it can set out on a journey. Like in Dante´s Divine Comedy, the soul of the dead traveller passes through Hell and Purgatory, before eventually reaching the gates of Paradise.

sleeve-note: Dita Hradecká / translation: Ivan Vomáčka

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