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.​.​.​ü​ber Ursache und Wirkung der Meinungsverschiedenheiten beim Turmbau zu Babel

by Sven-Ake Johansson & Alexander von Schlippenbach

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Szene II 14:15
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Szene III 04:18
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Szene IV 09:56
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Szene V 09:07
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Szene VI 10:43
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Szene VII 04:55
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Szene VIII 07:07

about

A music drama composed by Sven-Åke Johansson and Alexander von Schlippenbach, performed and recorded at Hebbel Theater, Berlin, 12.11.1994


In the programme, Johansson describes his observations of construction workers who "spend a good part of their lives – when it rains or snows, while changing clothes and so on – in these so-called construction wagons, usually set up in the immediate vicinity of the construction sites." The drama thus at the core employs an approach very typical of him: observing everyday activities and reinterpreting them artistically. What makes it unique is the combination of art forms: (absurd) theatre, dance, song and free jazz all are equal parts.
Never, one of these becomes a simple accompaniment of the other. They alternate and mix, eventually leading to a Babylonian confusion that becomes meaningful in itself. Despite or maybe even because of its uniqueness, this opera is one of Johansson's key works.

"... Über Ursache ..." was performed three times between 1986 and 1994. The audio recording of the premiere at the Stuttgart State Opera was released by FMP as a standard double LP in 1989.
The 1994 audio and video recordings from the Hebbel Theatre in Berlin are presented here for the first time, packaged as a lavish box set with two LPs, a DVD, a 16-page booklet with photos and liner notes by Johansson, Konrad Heidkamp and Peter Ablinger, plus 20-page libretto – an edition that this spectacular work has deserved for a long time.

credits

released February 23, 2024

Cello – Tristan Honsinger
Harp – Anne Le Baron
Percussion, Drums – Paul Lovens
Piano – Alexander von Schlippenbach
Saxophone, Clarinet – Wolfgang Fuchs
Saxophone - Dietmar Diesner
Vocals – Shelley Hirsch
Vocals, Accordion – Sven Åke Johansson

Libretto-text by Sven-Åke Johansson
Design by Teresa Iten
Cover and Drawings by Sven-Ake Johansson

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