M.A. Numminen and defunensemble: Verliebte Philosophen

Kulturhaus Dock 4
22:00 – 23:00

In conjunction with the documenta anniversary celebration, the cantata entitled Verliebte Philosophen by the Finnish artist, composer, and singer M.A. Numminen will be presented for the first time in Germany in a new, augmented arrangement. Numminen, well-known since the 1960s for his eclectic interests in such fields as philosophy, sociology, and linguistics as well as various musical styles, including jazz, classical and electronic music, tango, and new music, participated in dOCUMENTA (13). He previously presented a philosophically inspired music program under the title Wittgenstein Compositions in collaboration with defunensemble in Kassel in 2012.

Composed in 2010, his Verliebte Philosophen forges yet another link between music and philosophy. Moderated by M.A. Numminen, the work deals with the complicated relationship between Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger. Major passages in the libretto were compiled from correspondence between Arendt (Ida Wallén, mezzo-soprano) and Heidegger (Herman Wallén, tenor). Burkhard von Puttkamer (baritone) serves as the narrator who embeds excerpts from letters relating to the couple’s first meeting in Marburg in 1925, Hannah Arendt’s emigration from Germany, Martin Heidegger’s admission to membership in the NSDAP in 1933, and their reunion after the war in a temporal framework. The music itself tracks the ups and downs of their stormy relationship.


  • M.A. Numminen – Moderator
  • Ida Wallén – Mezzo-soprano
  • Herman Wallén – Tenor
  • Burkhard von Puttkamer – Baritone
  • Markus Hohti – Cello
  • Mikko Raasakka – Clarinet
  • Anders Pohjola – Electronics
  • Mirka Viitala – Piano
  • Hanna Kinnunen – Flute
  • Lily-Marlene Puusepp – Harp

An event by the German Federal Cultural Foundation in cooperation with the documenta Archive, with the kind support of the Kulturhaus Dock 4 under the auspices of the City of Kassel

Tickets: 18 Euro, reduced 10 Euro
Reservations:, T: +49 561 707270

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Kulturhaus Dock 4
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34117 Kassel