Atlantis

for baritone, boy soprano, cimbalom and orchestra

Commissioned by WDR Cologne

Description

First performance: 17 November, 1995, Cologne
WDR Symph.Orch.,
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Dietrich Henschel, Marta Fábián
Boy sopran, Kölner Domchor

 

Text: Sándor Weöres

 

Did Atlantis really exist? Where and when? Was it just in someone´s imagination? A dream or a nightmare perhaps? Atlantis is the symbol of terrifying natural catastrophies, but it can also be interpreted as a sign of social and ethnic conflicts – it is just ahead of us. Humanity is continuously working on sinking itself, the apocalyptic fall of the anticipated final judgement is a bitter topicality.

 

Basically, Eötvös is an optimist, he never gives up hope. For him the “Artist” is a seismograph of the future who produces utopias for tomorrow. Eötvös rephrases Mussorgsky´s famous saying: “the past is with us in the present” into: “the future originates from the present.”

 

… We are all under water: this is the situation that Eötvös places the audience into right at the beginning of the piece. A world of fantasy-sounds surrounds us, from which the sounds approach us like far-off hallucinations… The ten string players and the ten percussionists symbolize the five twins of Poseidon and Kleitos, the first ten kings of Atlantis…
At the end of each movement, soft Transylvanian dance music can be heard from the distance, like the low, scratched recording on an old phonograph.
Is this all that remained after us? – we might well ask.

/Thomas Schäfer – Cologne, 1995/

Performances

21 Feb, 2020
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Atlantis, Dialog mit Mozart, Reading Malevich

Zsolt Haja, baritone
Miklós Lukács, cimbalom
Boy sopran, Radio Childrenchoir

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Müpa

1 Nov, 2014
Porto, Portugal

Eötvös: Atlantis

Stravinsky: Concerto in D
Birtwistle: new piano concerto (Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano)

Christian Miedl, baritone
Miklós Lukács, cimbalom
Boy sopran

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Porto Symphony Orchestra

Casa da Musica

24 Sep, 2010
Strasbourg, France

Eötvös: Atlantis

Strasbourg Musica Festival

Christian Miedl, baritone
Boy sopran

Cond.: Pascal Rophé
Orchestre Philharmonic Radio France

22 Aug, 2010
Shanghai, China

Eötvös: Atlantis, Paris-Dakar 

Szeged Contemporary Balett
ArtOrchestra Budapest

Shanghai World Expo
Hungarian National Day

15 Sep, 2007
Luzern, Switzerland

Eötvös: Atlantis

Luzern Festival

Christian Miedl, baritone
Boy sopran

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Junge Philharmonie Zentralschweiz

 

 

23 Mar, 2007
Torino, Italy

Eötvös: Atlantis

Christian Miedl, baritone
Miklós Lukács, cimbalom
Boy sopran

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
RAI National Symphony Orchestra

22 Mar, 2007
Torino, Italy

Eötvös: Atlantis

Christian Miedl, baritone
Miklós Lukács, cimbalom
Boy sopran

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
RAI National Symphony Orchestra

9 Feb, 2007
Paris, France

Eötvös: Atlantis

Dufourt: Down to a sunless sea and Tempesta

Christian Miedl, baritone
Michel Cerutti, cimbalom
Boy sopran

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Ensemble Intercontemporain, Conservatoire Superieur Paris

Cité de la Musique

8 Jan, 2007
Hamburg, Germany

Eötvös: Atlantis

Liszt: Mephisto Walz
Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin

Christian Miedl, baritone
Miklós Lukács, cimbalom
Boy sopran

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg

Laeiszhalle

7 Jan, 2007
Hamburg, Germany

Eötvös: Atlantis

Liszt: Mephisto Walz
Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin

Christian Miedl, baritone
Miklós Lukács, cimbalom
Boy sopran

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg

Laeiszhalle

22 Sep, 2006
Warsaw, Poland

Eötvös: Atlantis

Warsaw Autumn Festival

Wojtek Drabowicz, baritone
Miklós Lukács, cimbalom

Cond: Zsolt Nagy

Filharmonia Narodowa

10 Mar, 2005
Szeged, Hungary

Eötvös: Atlantis, IMA

Szeged Contemporary Dance Company
Choreographer: Tamás Juronics

BMC CD Playback together with "IMA" by Eötvös

1 Oct, 2004
Frankfurt, Germany

Eötvös: Atlantis

Zemlinsky: Die Seejungfrau

Márta Fábián, cimbalom
Boy sopran

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Frankfurt Radio Symphony

Alte Oper

30 Sep, 2004
Frankfurt, Germany

Eötvös: Atlantis

Zemlinsky: Die Seejungfrau

Márta Fábián, cimbalom
Boy sopran

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Frankfurt Radio Symphony

Alte Oper

29 Sep, 2004
Frankfurt, Germany

Eötvös: Atlantis

Zemlinsky: Die Seejungfrau

Márta Fábián, cimbalom
Boy sopran

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Frankfurt Radio Symphony

Alte Oper

1 Mar, 2003
Berlin, Germany

Eötvös: Atlantis

Bartók: Four orch. pieces Op.12
Pintscher: Violin concerto

Márta Fábián, cimbalom
Boy sopran

Cond: Péter Eötvös
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

28 Feb, 2003
Berlin, Germany

Eötvös: Atlantis

Bartók: Four orch. pieces Op.12
Pintscher: Violin concerto

Márta Fábián, cimbalom
Boy sopran

Cond: Péter Eötvös
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

27 Feb, 2003
Berlin, Germany

Eötvös: Atlantis

Bartók: Four orch. pieces Op.12
Pintscher: Violin concerto

Márta Fábián, cimbalom
Boy sopran

Cond: Péter Eötvös
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

 

21 Feb, 2003
Stockholm, Sweden

Eötvös: zeroPoints, Jet Stream, Atlantis

New Music Festival

Márta Fábián, cimbalom
Boy sopran

Cond: Péter Eötvös
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic

 

20 Dec, 2002
Stuttgart, Germany

Eötvös: Atlantis

Márta Fábián, cimbalom
Boy sopran

Cond: Péter Eötvös
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra

Liederhalle

19 Dec, 2002
Stuttgart, Germany

Eötvös: Atlantis

Márta Fábián, cimbalom
Boy sopran

Cond: Péter Eötvös
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra

Liederhalle

6 Oct, 2001
Strasbourg, France

Eötvös: Atlantis

Musica Festival

Márta Fábián, cimbalom
Boy sopran

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Stuttgart Radio-Symphony Orchestra

19 Mar, 2000
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Atlantis

Budapest Spring Festival

Wojtek Drabowicz, baritone
Marta Fábián, cimbalom
Boy sopran, Radio Childrenchoir

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
National Philharmonic Orchestra

23 Oct, 1999
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Eötvös: Atlantis

Dietrich Henschel, baritone
Márta Fábián, cimbalom
Boy sopran, Radio Childrenchoir

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Hilversum Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Concertgebouw

18 Apr, 1998
Paris, France

Eötvös: Atlantis, Psychokosmos, Drei Madrigalkomödien

Dietrich Henschel, baritone
Márta Fábián, cimbalom
Boy sopran, Radio Childrenchoir

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

2 Nov, 1996
Vienna, Austria

Eötvös: Atlantis

Dietrich Henschel, baritone
Márta Fábián, cimbalom
Boy sopran, Wiener Sängerknaben

Cond.: Peter Eötvös
Rundfunkorchester

Konzerthaus

 

17 Nov, 1995
Cologne, Germany

Eötvös: Atlantis

First performance

Dietrich Henschel, baritone
Márta Fábián, cimbalom
Boy sopran, Kölner Domchor

Cond.: Peter Eötvös
WDR Sinfonieorchester

Kölner Philharmonie

Details

Genre:
Duration:
39 minutes
Date:
1995

Publisher information

Edition Ricordi München – performing material on hire (Sy 3221)

https://www.ricordi.com/en-US/Composers/E/Eotvos-Peter.aspx

Orchestration     

TITLE Dur. Soloists & choir fl ob cl bcl bn   hn tpt tbn tba   perc pf hp   vn1 vn2 va vc db Other Tech
Atlantis
Vocal - Vocal ensemble - Choir
39'bar,​boy.sop55415 6552 1002 222224sax,​bug,​2epf,​3syn,​bgtr,​cymb,​timp=2plyrsamp

solo barytone,
boy soprano,
cimbalom,
virtual choir (3 synth.)
5 fl. (2-3-4-5 also picc., 4-5. also altfl.),
5 ob. (5. also eng. horn),
4 cl. (4. also bcl),
1 bcl (cbcl),
5 bassoon (4-5. also contrabassoon),
4 sax.(s., a., t., bar),
6 horn,
5 trumpet (1-2 also picctr.),
bugle,
5 trombone (1. alto, 5. basso),
2 tuba,
10 perc.
2 harps,
2 el.piano,
bassguitar,
strings: 2.2.2.2.2

Technical information

Requirements:

Three DX7-II synthesizer OR Native Instruments FM8 1.3.0 or later software synth

DAW: Logic Pro 9 or later with FM8 plug‐in

Sounds programmed on:
Mac OSX version 10.7.5
Logic Pro 9  version 9.1.8
Native Instrument FM8 plug‐in instrument  version 1.3.0

3 keyboard players

If you have any technical questions please write to:
studio(at)tomtom.hu
or call Peter Dorozsmai +36 30 900 0355
Tom‐Tom Studios

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For more technical information please download the following documents (PDF):

technical plan

instrument list

percussion setup 1

percussion setup 2

percussion setup 3

percussion setup 4

percussion setup 5

percussion setup 6

percussion setup 7

percussion setup 8

percussion setup 9

percussion setup 10

Stage photos:

Claviers-synth

Claviers-synth 2

Orchestra

Percussion balcon

Percussion balcon 2

Instrument photos:

Camel Glocken

Indian Bells

 

 

Sound

Recordings

Video

Ensemble Intercontemporain – Christian Miedl, baritone – Paris, 2018