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conductor Simone Menezes’ Metanoia venture

Metanoia - Ensemble K & Simone Menezes at Milan Cathedral (Photo Maxime Patrick Hans Chatillon)
Metanoia – Ensemble Ok & Simone Menezes at Milan Cathedral (Photograph Maxime Patrick Hans Chatillon)

In Christian theology, metanoia is often understood as “a transformative change of coronary heart, particularly a religious conversion“. However what does it imply in a musical context? The conductor Simone Menezes has lately produced a movie, Metanoia, together with her Ensemble Ok and Emmy-winning movie director Paul Smaczny, described as a celebration of the facility of magnificence which invitations the viewer to ponder the query of transcendence.

After I ask what the movie is about, Simone laughs and says that the topic was so sophisticated that she needed to make a movie about it to reply the query. The venture merely started as a live performance at Milan Cathedral the place she needed to deliver a component of introspection and contemplation to the programme. The music was to incorporate Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, the Sarabande from Bach’s Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor and Villa Lobos’ Prelude from Bachianas Brasileiros No. 4, additionally in B minor. However issues occurred, COVID occurred, the dates modified. Additionally, she took an interest within the query of what do some composers have, that they will make magic. What occurs in music that makes it transcend mind and makes one thing transcendent.

It was this concern of interested by transcendence which led to the movie, which is about in Italy the place the Renaissance was created. She needed to open the dialogue to incorporate different arts and philosophy, to ask the query what’s transcendence in each artwork and music. In an effort to give the live performance in Milan Cathedral, the authorities had needed them to carry out simply sacred music, which led to the query what was sacred music? However it helped that metanoia, which Simone interprets as past mind, a method of seeing the world past the mind, additionally has the theological which means described above.

Metanoia - Ensemble K & Simone Menezes at Milan Cathedral (Photo Maxime Patrick Hans Chatillon)
Metanoia – Ensemble Ok & Simone Menezes at Milan Cathedral (Photograph Maxime Patrick Hans Chatillon)

For the movie, they included the music from the live performance, Puccini, Bach and Villa Lobos, and alongside put Arvo Pärt’s In Spe. Simone additionally needed to incorporate a component of dance and so included Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances which Ensemble Ok carried out on their Accents disc [see my review]. There was additionally a small homage to Ennio Morricone, the movie composer who died while the movie was being deliberate.

Within the movie, each bit of music is carried out in a special place, and every has an related philosophical dialogue, and Simone describes it as a collection of tableaux. Amongst these showing within the movie are the conductor Antonio Pappano, the painter Michael Triegel, a Jesuit father, Father Alessandro, the director of the Michelangelo Basis, Alberto Cavalli and the choreographer Valerio Longo

By together with a philosophical factor, the intention was to switch a musicological/historic strategy to the music with a philosophical one. She additionally needed to deliver music right into a broader context, alongside different arts. The movie tries to look at what’s particular about artwork and music, however in a non-academic method utilizing easy language. It asks what is important and tries to indicate that artwork is important.

The movie’s director, Paul Smaczny is thought for his musical movies embrace a documentary about Daniel Barenboim and the primary movie about El Sistema. Simone says that Smaczny has a beautiful crew behind him, and she or he feels that the images within the movie is a murals in itself.

This month, Simone and Ensemble Ok shall be performing their Metanoia programme in London, for an invited viewers and searching forward there are concert events in Paris and USA. She needs the movie to have a life, and will probably be on Medici TV and is offered on Vimeo on demand, you can even purchase the DVD or Blu-ray (on Accentus) while the related CD from Accentus has additionally developed a lifetime of its personal.

Simone can be nonetheless engaged on her Amazon venture with photographer Sebastiao Selgado (primarily based round Villa Lobos’ Floresta do Amazonas and Philip Glass’ Aguas da Amazonas) with concert events deliberate in Madrid, Zurich and Brussels. And with Ensemble Ok, she is simply ending a venture primarily based round Holst’s The Planets orchestrated by George Morton.

Additional details about Metanoia from Ensemble Ok’s web site.



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