The symphonic piece by Alexey Retinsky “De profundis” refers to the first line of the 130th psalm of the Book of Psalms. The 130th psalm is a call to God in deep sorrow, from "out of the depths" (de profundis). In content it is a prayer for absolution, as a symbol of deep suffering, the scale of the tragic experiences of the oppressed, laying their hope for salvation. But faith in the author of the psalm in the mercy of the Lord and the expiration creates a cheerful and joyful tone to the entire content of the psalm.
The first edition of the symphonic work was created in 2012, at a time when Alexey Retinsky studied coincidently at the Tschaikovski National Music Academy of Kiev and Zurich University of the Arts. The first edition of “De Profundis” was created as a graduation piece for the Tschaikovski National Music Academy of Kiev. With the exception of the exam, the pieсe has never been performed. Absolutely new edition of the pieсe was created in 2015.
The score of “De Profundis” was selected by conductor Vladimir Jurowski at the anonymous contest of the festival “Another Space” (Moscow). Its premiere will take place at the Moscow Philharmonic Hall on 29th November with Vladimir Jurowski conducting the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra.
A shade I am remote from sombre hamlets.
The silence of God
I drank from the woodland well.
On my forehead cold metal forms.
Spiders look for my heart.
There is a light that fails in my mouth.
At night I found myself upon a heath,
Thick with garbage and the dust of stars.
In the hazel copse,
Crystal angels have sounded once more.
(from the poem De Profundis by Georg Trakl; translated by Michael Hamburger)
More info about the concert
Alexey Retinsky at Donemus