Das Tuch
© Elodie Grethen


La Sindone di Torino – doubt, love and hope, materialised in the form of a piece of cloth. The shroud, which is kept safe at Milan Cathedral, clearly shows the image of a dead body bearing the marks of abuse and torture that Jesus of Nazareth had to suffer according to the corresponding reports of the Synoptic Gospels. Ever since the first appearance, in the middle of the 14th century, of this piece of cloth with its mysterious image, it has served as a projection surface for a great many expressions of faith, love and hope – but also as an enduring source of various forms of doubt.

In his text for two speakers, Martin Mosebach keeps track of the strands of scepticism which have emerged in relation to this piece of material by summarising the results of the diverse scientific examinations which the object has been subjected to throughout the centuries up to the present day. In the course of two hours, in which objective report and calm analysis alternate with music by Joseph Haydn, Olivier Messiaen, Salvatore Sciarrino and Bernhard Lang, we become acquainted with a particular kind of doubt which seeks to understand rather than to know and to prove for certain; a kind of wondering amazement which, through care and affection, leaves space for love, hope and other goods which are imponderable and cannot be measured.

25 March 2016
7 p.m.
Krems, Minoritenkirche Imago Dei Das Tuch

Ever since the first appearance, in the middle of the 14th century, of this piece of cloth with its mysterious image, it has served as a projection surface for a great many expressions of faith, love and hope – but also as an enduring source of various forms of doubt. more

Joseph Haydn — Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (Sonata III, V-VII)
Bernhard Lang — Monadologie IX (Sonata I, II, IV)
Olivier Messiaen — Quatuor pour la fin du temps
    (1. Liturgie de cristal, 6. Danse de la fureur,
    pour les sept trompettes)

Salvatore Sciarrino — La Malinconia
    — Due notturni crudeli
    — Let me die before I wake

Speaker: Dörte Lyssewski und Hermann Schmid

16 March 2018
7.30 p.m.
Vienna, Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal grenz.wert A case of doubt

Doubt invades knowledge. The invasion of uncertainty in the global empire of enlightenment. Natural sciences on the threshold of the inexplicable.

Joseph Haydn — Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze, Hob. III / 50-56
Giacinto Scelsi — Quattro Pezzi per tromba sola
Georges Aperghis — Babil
Iannis Xenakis — Jalons
Klaus Lang — the book of serenity.
Gérard Grisey — Berceuse

Martin Mosebach — Das Tuch
Dörte Lyssewski, speaker
Hermann Schmid, speaker

Katrien Baerts, Soprano
Olivier Vivarès, clarinet
Anders Nyqvist, trumpet
conductor: Sylvain Cambreling

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