A capella and onemovement oratorios
Tuesday, 30 May 2017
From 19.30 - 21.30
Liszt Academy,
6.000 HUF, 4.500 HUF, 3.000 HUF
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A capella and onemovement oratorios

featuring the Hungarian National Choir

Beethoven Calm Sea and a Prosperous Voyage for mixed choir and orchestra, Op. 112
Mendelssohn Calm Sea and a Prosperous Voyage – Overture
Schumann Four Songs for Double Choirs
Brahms The Song of the Destiny – oratorio
Dvořák Hymnus “Heirs of the White Mountain” Op. 30
Hungarian National Choir (choirmaster: Csaba Somos)
Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Csaba Somos choirmaster

Tonight’s concert focuses on the choir. Led by choral conductor Csaba Somos since January 2016, the National Choir performs a capella works and one-movement oratorios which are hard to fit in traditional orchestral programmes, but which deserve a place among the most ambitious symphonies and oratorios of the repertoire. Composed to two poems by Goethe, Beethoven’s cantata is one of his boldest and most effective works, while Mendelssohn’s eponymous concerto overture portrays the extreme atmospheres and emotions without words. Brahm’s stunning setting of Hölderlin’s text is also characterised by polarity, and Schumann’s four songs for two choirs pits mortal man against eternity. Dvořák’s rarely heard cantata is a monument to the memory of the tragic first battle of the Thirty Year War, which had tragic consequences for the Czechs.