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The most beautiful stories by Ovid (Pan, Hyakinthos, Orpheus and Eurydike, Philemon and Baucis, Phaëton and Niobe) in the version by Gustav Schwab’s „Die Sagen des klassischen Altertums“
Music by Britten (Metamorphoses after Ovid), Debussy (Syrinx), Beethoven, Messiaen, Mozart (Adagio and Allegro in F minor for Mechanical Organ)
György Ligeti: Six bagatelles for wind quintet
Who’s never heard of Gustav Schwab’s collection of ancient myths and legends “Die Sagen des klassischen Altertums”? The pastor from Stuttgart took what the poet Ovid had written 2,000 years before in Latin hexameters and translated it into the fairy tale language of romanticism. This is how generations of children got to know the “Metamorphoses”. Peter Simonischek reads the most beautiful stories from them: the old couple Philemon and Baucis; the god of nature Pan and his unrequited desire for Syrinx the nymph; Orpheus and Eurydice; and many more. The natural sound of the wind players creates the perfect atmosphere to accompany these stories.
radio broadcast: July 2nd, 02.05 pm, Ö1