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Darker than Black


The clear, vibrato-less voice of Theresa Dlouthy, the acoustic and electric guitars of Tom Pauwels, and Eva Reiter’s subtle playing of the viola da gamba – all this forms a mosaic of poetic miniatures: short bitter-sweet melodies, laments in the style of Purcell, pop songs slowed down a hundredfold, nocturnal confessions.

‘What would happen if time stood still? What would be possible if time no longer played an important part in our life?’ ask the musicians. This is the conceptual starting point for a seductive sequence of mostly short pieces. As if there were no yesterday, today or tomorrow, Renaissance works and contemporary pieces, music from the Baroque and Romantic eras become a continuum, a songbook containing all emotions and moods, all the upswings and downswings of melancholy. John Dowland’s (*1563) mournful songs stand alongside the crossover compositions of Bernard Gander (*1959) and the big gestures of the music of Francesco Filidei (*1973). And between them the lute songs of musician and doctor Thomas Campian (*1567), join Burkhard Stangl’s (*1960) sensitive Dowland adaptations.

This sonorous album by the Belgian Ensemble Ictus, in which present and past permanently reflect one another, is an ode to melancholy, the so called ‘black gall’, in all its facets.


Soprano Theresa Dlouhy
Gamba Eva Reiter
Guitar Tom Pauwels

Duration ca. 1h

Main Event: > Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen 2019 - all the infos
Event(s): 19.05.2019 
from 18:00 to 19:00 o'clock

Galerie Herrenhausen

  • Herrenhäuser Straße 3a
  • 30419 Hannover
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Blick in den schmuckvollen Hauptsaal der Galerie Herrenhausen © Hassan Mahramzadeh