Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Marco Beasly, Guido Morini, The Hilliard Ensemble
1CD | NBElive | 9789070778200 | NBE 24 | 09-09
Okay, so it is not quite how Homer imagined it. He first wrote the Iliad and then the Odyssey. The Iliad, a series of disasters unleashed by the gods on man (Achilles) when all he is after is fame. The Odyssey, man (Odysseus) wandering the earth trying to find himself again. That is how Homer imagined it, but the NBE turns the two around.
In 2002, the NBE presented the world premiere of Una Odissea, an epic work by Italian composer and harpsichordist Guido Morini with words by Neapolitan singer Marco Beasley. The huge success of Una Odissea, as a metaphor for the human condition, begged for a sequel. Una Iliade is that sequel, a brilliant series of catastrophic adventures. Man fighting against his surroundings, capable of sacrificing himself for love but also of a burning hatred that leads to the most horrific and dramatic of all confrontations: war.