Lawrence Cherney, founding artistic director of Soundstreams, today announced additional details about the company’s world premiere production of Love songs, as part of the company’s 2021/22 season. Digital streaming of Love Songs will begin on November 19, 2021.
Claude Vivier’s travels to Bali and to the Iranian city of Shiraz in the 1970s were for him an initiation into mysticism and poetry. These journeys led to an intensely personal journey; Love Songs, for seven singers, covers the gamut from childhood songs and nursery rhymes to the deepest contemplation of our place in the universe. Also on the program, Hymnen an die Nacht de Vivier. Combine these works with the world premiere of a tribute to Claude Vivier by Christopher Mayo, Oceano Nox, and you will have an evening of pure magic.
Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney added: “Claude Vivier was concerned with death, sex and eternity. He led a dangerous life, taking risks with himself as well as with his art. But from the extremes of human experience, he has brought us a glimpse of the Eternal in 49 extraordinary works. This Love Songs program is part of a series of Vivier productions by Soundstreams over several seasons. This year, live presentations in Toronto in April and a European tour in May, featuring key appearances at a Claude Vivier festival hosted by London South Rim Center. “
Mayo’s new work, Oceano Nox, is a tribute to Canadian composer Claude Vivier. In Bob Gilmore’s 2014 biography, Vivier’s school friend Gilles Beauregard recalls that Vivier’s first composition he saw was a setting to music of the poem “Oceano Nox” by Victor Hugo. There is no trace of this youthful piece apart from the memory of Beauregard – the piece itself is lost. Hugo’s “Oceano Nox” is a poem about sailors lost at sea, their memories fading in the minds of friends and family as their bodies decompose on the ocean floor. In trying to focus on Vivier’s lost composition, this work comes up against quotes from two other sets to music from Hugo’s poem: a choral setting by Georges Alary from 1899 and a song by Laure Collin from 1869.
Love songs by Claude Vivier
Claude Vivier Hymnen an die Nacht
Christopher Mayo Oceano Nox
Individual tickets are available now through RCM Tickets for Soundstreams Insider members, and then for the general public on October 25, at this link. Visit Soundstreams.ca for more information.
Premiere on November 19, 2021
Digital broadcast, lasting approximately 45 minutes
Single tickets are PWYC, ranging from $ 7 to $ 22.