Shapeshift Ensemble – Shalygin: Lacrimosa or 13 Magic Songs

Lacrimosa or 13 Magic Songs is a lamentation, man’s final prayer before Judgement. This prayer can at once be incisive and show the various states of mankind: gleeful, repenting, fearful, lamenting, faithful… During the performance of the 13 Songs, the listeners’ souls are supposed to pass through a series of excruciating, excessive stages, to finally reach a catharsis. This direction determines the cycle’s dramaturgic structure.

For all the varied techniques to be applied in the work, its emphasis is on the emotion, its aspiration to capture the listeners’ minds, immersing them in the atmosphere of each part. This idea can be realised only by a multi-voice single-timbre ensemble of violins, at once a unity and a multitude, one soul and its many voices, a number of people struggling to come at peace with the world, one another, and silence…