Wim Mertens - What are we, locks, to do | Wim Mertens Music WMM146

Wim Mertens - What are we, locks, to do


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Label: Wim Mertens Music

Cat No: WMM146

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 8th July 2016



With What are we, locks, to do? Wim Mertens releases his 10th solo album for piano and voice. These solo recordings started in 1986 with A man or no fortune, and with a name to come. The most recent 9th album, Un Respiro, dates back to 2005. What are we, locks, to do? is the second part in the triptych Cran aux Oeufs (2015-2016). The first part, Charaktersketch (2015), takes Europe and Brussels anno 2015 as a central theme and refers to the changed position of Central Europe as a carrier of culture and economical power. Mertens situates the second part in Egyptian Alexandria in the third century B.C. The composer links his compositions among other things to the poet Callimachus, the royal family Ptolemy and the figure of Queen Berenice II, who promises to cut her hair if her husband returns safe from war. What are we, locks, to do? mixes myth and reality and investigates the political power and the cultural influence in the Egypt of the third century B.C. How the 'locks of Berenice', lonely and separated from the head of Queen Berenice II, eventually lead to the star-constellation 'Coma Berenice', you might learn after listening to Wim Mertens's latest work, What are we, locks, to do?

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