"Kurtág's highly condensed miniatures and Schubert's unfinished preciosities, that seemed just as incompatible, as in the end they fitted together quite wonderfully."
Bonner Generalanzeiger/G. Krawinkel
Franz Schubert's song cycles "Winterreise" and "Die schöne Müllerin" enjoy great fame and can be heard in many concert programmes. In addition to his completed songs, however, Schubert also left behind numerous unfinished songs: fascinating pieces that break off suddenly or lack lyrics altogether. In György Kurtág's "Kafka Fragments" for violin and soprano, on the other hand, the unfinished, fragmentary is the programme. Like passing fragments of speech, seemingly without context, the settings of passages from letters or diary entries by Kafka create a whole world in a fraction of a second - or even just a feeling. Openness of form, complexity of biographical and literary levels and a hint of theatricality are inherent in the songs of both composers, which the Trio uBu, together with the singer Marie Heeschen, brings together in "vollendet | unvollendet". In the second half of the concert, Schubert's Piano Trio op. 100 contrasts the fragmentary nature of the song fragments with the large-scale, almost sprawling form of a chamber music work composed shortly before Schubert's death. Here, a Swedish folk song was the inspiration and starting point for the
Cast & Credits
Concept: Anna Neubert
Performance: Trio uBu (Anna Neubert, Esther Saladin, Christoph Stöber) und Marie Heeschen/Lisa Schmalz
Stage element design: Sophia Spies