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„A gust of wind blew from an unknown place…“ Platonov in Contemporary Music

Concert with the Neophon Ensemble Berlin

Róbert Farkas, Conductor
Natalia Pschenitschnikova, Voice

Followed by a conversation with Natalia Pschenitschnikova

It was not until the 1990s that Russian composers began taking notice of Andrei Platonov’s texts. The spectrum of musical rendition of Platonov’s work ranges from song scores to the transformation of words and sentences into sound material. The semantic abyss between the “eternal sun” of the communist state of the world and the people stricken by “wind and anguish” is made almost physically palpable in works for large ensembles such as Innermost Man (2002) by Dmitri Kourliandski (born 1976), Chevengur (2001) by Vladimir Tarnopolski (born 1955) and Three Songs (1992) by Alexander Vustin (born 1943). As a contrast to this pressingly compact, dark music,
the programme includes pieces by young composers, including in its own tempo (2014) by Marina Poleukhina (born 1989).

Dmitri Kourliandski (*1976)
Innermost Man / Sokrovennyj čelovek (2002)
for soprano, flute, bass clarinet, cornet, trumpet, trombone, percussion, piano, bayan, violin, viola, cello, contrabass

Marina Poleukhina (*1989)
in its own tempo (2014)
for cello, violin/saw, bass flute, harmonica, toy piano/kalimba, metallophone/kalimba

Dmitri Kourliandski (*1976)
Tube space (2008)
for solo tuba

Alexander Vustin (*1943)
Three Songs, for voice and ensemble, text from Andrey Platonov‘s novel Chevengur (1992)
for soprano, clarinet, bass clarinett, viola, cello, contrabass

Alexander Khubeev (*1986)
Prism of dualism (2012)
for cello and piano

Vladimir Tarnopolski (*1955)
Chevengur (2002)
for mezzo soprano, flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, trombone, bayan, percussion, violine, viola, cello, contrabass, tape


The Neophon Ensemble, founded in 2012 by music students in Rostock, consists of fifteen young musicians and is now based in Berlin. The ensemble, which aspires to stimulate composition in the 21st century, specialises in areas such as microtonality and the possibilities arising from the principle of Just Intonation. Recently, six works were composed for qanun and ensemble as part of the Aleppo Dialogues project in 2016 (Berlin/Istanbul). For more information about the ensemble please see here.

Róbert Farkas, born in 1982, studied in Budapest and Berlin, made a name for himself as a conductor of classical and contemporary operas (including at the “Werkstattbühne” of the Staatsoper Berlin and at the Theater Heidelberg). Since 2015, he has worked as an assistant in support of Iván Fischer’s productions of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

Natalia Pschenitschnikova, flautist, composer and performer, has been working for many years with Russian and international artists and musicians, from Bernhard Lang to Dmitri Kourliandski, who have written pieces for her. Recently, she has worked mainly as a vocalist in the experimental field.


Kindly supported by Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung.

Concert Leaflet (PDF, 116 kB)
Concert Brochure (PDF, 668 kB)