THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PIECE
From the initial idea discussed by Jose Saramago and Emilio Aragon, the antithesis between good and evil in the personification of Cain and Abel, both authors were drifting towards a recreation of the worldviews of different cultures, in the process leading to creation. Cain’s character would be “at the mercy” of the writer, who would star of his latest book, while Pilar del Rio, today Saramago’s widow, was driving the dialogue towards a volume of poems in 1975: The year of 1993. From him, Fernando Gómez Aguilera performed a selection according to the writer. Aragon, always aiming to extract the musical figures who supply their texts, found here a profusion of images that emerge enormously suggestive musical tissue along the nine pieces that make up the work.
José Ramón Encinar.
Name: Longum vitae suspirium (long breath of life). Cantata for baritone, chorus and orchestra. Commissioned by the Spanish Association of Symphony Orchestras (AEOS) and the Author Foundation
Music: Emilio Aragón
Libretto by Fernando Gómez Aguilera from the text of José Saramago The Year of 1993, published in 1975.
Interpreter: Orchestra and Chorus of the Comunidad de Madrid directed by J.R. Encinar . Jose Antonio Lopez, baritone Marco Berrini, choir director.