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Ensemble Phoenix Basel and Ah Young Hong Premiere Michael Hersch's New Song Cycle, one step onto the next, worlds ending

Dec. 22, 2022

One year after premiering Michael Hersch's acclaimed opera, POPPAEA, at the ZeitRäume Basel and Wien Modern Festivals, musicians of Ensemble Phoenix gave the premiere of one step onto the next, worlds ending, a new work written for the group and soprano Ah Young Hong, after texts of Jan Zwicky. Ensemble Phoenix gave two concerts featuring this new work at Gare du Nord on December 2-3. The program also included Hersch's arrangement of Machaut's Puis qu’en oublifor soprano and string quartet. 

Michael Hersch's vocal works are an important part of his artistic oevure. They include ... das Rückgrat berstend for violin/voice and cello, anonymous beneath the lemon trees for soprano and ensemble, I hope we get a chance to visit soon for two sopranos and nine players,

Excerpt of I hope we get a chance to visit soon performed by Ah Young Hong and Kiera Duffy,
sopranos and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Tito Muñoz

and On the Threshold of Winter, a monodrama in two acts.

Trailer for Michael Hersch's acclaimed monodrama On the Threshold of Winter
in a 2015 production by James Daniel

All of these works are available for purchase from Project Schott New York (PSNY) here.

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