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© Peter Mayr


»What makes Alban Berg one of the greatest opera composers of the 20th century is his fascinating talent for the stage and his incredible theatrical thinking. Not only in relation to the setting of a text, but also in terms of his feeling for development and structure. He knew, especially with a musical vocabulary that was new at the time and perhaps also disturbing for many, that a precise architecture was needed to adequately illuminate the abysses of the musical drama, and to give the audience an orientation on a musical map. By utilizing older historical forms - similar to Benjamin Britten - Berg was able to build a formal framework that the audience may not have understood at first hearing, but always felt. At the same time, he opened up deeper emotional areas of the soul in his sensational instrumental interludes, which reveal the inner workings of the characters even more clearly, more poignantly and more forcefully. «