Overview

Johann Sebastian Bach and Hanns Eisler, contrasting composers? This unexpected combination of two excellent composers brought the adventurers of Holland Baroque together with the masterful baritone Thomas Oliemans.

Hanns Eisler was a soldier during the First World War, who fled Germany to reach Los Angeles via Paris and London. In 1948 he was expelled from the US and was again tried in East Berlin on suspicion of dubious motives. Cut off from his roots, searching for the meaning(lessness) of existence, he set Bertolt Brecht’s words to music in an inimitable way. In his songs you can hear the displacement of peoples and his longing for a better world. Johann Sebastian Bach and Hanns Eisler. Paradisical happiness seems to lie on the other side of the road for both composers. A place where we are not…

Bach’s cantata ‘Ich habe genung’ is widely known. According to Thomas Oliemans, the theme is ‘being thrown back on yourself’ and ‘how should you live? How do you give meaning to your life and when do you have fun?’ Thomas: “What I find fascinating about bringing these pieces by Bach and Eisler together is the extremely penetrating and personal way in which they both ultimately deal with a similar theme.”

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Saturday 04 Feb 20:15 Leeuwarden, Grote of Jacobijnerkerk
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Sunday 05 Feb 15:00 Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg
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Friday 10 Feb 20:00 Arnhem, Musis
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Sunday 12 Feb 15:00 Heerlen, Theater Heerlen
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Thursday 16 Feb 20:15 Den Haag, Nieuwe kerk
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Friday 17 Feb 20:00 Haarlem, De Philharmonie
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