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The Doktor Faustus Concerto - full length version
Seeded by geoffreygordoncomposer on 30 Jan 2017
Author: Toke Møldrup
Geoffrey Gordon’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (after Thomas Mann’s Doktor Faustus) began as a conversation with Copenhagen Philharmonic’s principle cellist, Toke Møldrup. Both artists realized they shared an interest in Thomas Mann’s stunning 1943 novel, Doktor Faustus (Doktor Faustus. Das Leben des deutschen Tonsetzers Adrian Leverku¨hn, erzählt von einem Freunde). This startling retelling of the Faust legend, set in the context of the first part of the 20th century (and reflecting the turmoil in Germany during that time), is shot through with musical references, from Bach and Beethoven to Schoenberg (not to mention literary references from Shakespeare to Dante, Blake, and Verlaine)—a kind of Apollonian (reason, progress) and Dionysian (passion, tragedy, fate) struggle for the soul of the (fictitious) composer Adrian Leverku¨hn, as told by his friend, Serenus Zeitblom. The twenty-four years of genius granted the composer through a Faustian bargain with a (real or imagined) devil
Composer: Geoffrey Gordon
Conductor: Rory Macdonald
Instrument: Cello