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Radio-Genève commissioned Frank Martin to write his work – to be performed after the end of the global conflagration – in 1944. He later said, “I had no illusions about the peace that would follow the end of the war. Nevertheless, the absence of any illusions did not prevent me from attempting to express the profound despair and the hope for the brilliant future. […] Using the words of Christ, I deliver a plea for absolute forgiveness – like in his teachings – without which true peace is unimaginable.”
The composer employs passages from the Bible to evoke the war, the liberation, the teachings of Jesus and reconciliation. Eventually he titled the piece In terra pax – Peace on Earth.
Francis Poulenc was a member of the legendary circle of 20th-century innovators Les Six. He was described by one authoritative critic as “half rascal, half monk”. Gloria, which he composed in 1959/60, attests to his monastic side. The six-movement work is made so remarkable by the unique form of the search for happiness and the pure beauty it radiates. Its musical techniques are restrained, its forms are streamlined, and the soprano solo part is hope itself. “I might be able to avoid hell as a reward for this work,” wrote the composer a few years later.
Csaba Somos has served as the choir director of the Hungarian National Choir since 1 April 2016. Throughout his career, he has focused simultaneously on vocal and instrumental music. With an artistic credo centred on passionate interpretation, he puts his energy into achieving a penetrative musical power that is goes beyond the level of mere professionalism.
I have been a member of the Hungarian National Choir since 1 January 2017. It was when I was still in primary school that I realized I would become a musician, and my parents and teachers have supported me in this endeavour ever since. For me, it is very important to make sure that everyone receives the message of the music they are hearing, and for them to enjoy listening to it. Enjoying it is the most important thing.
már számos oratórium szólóját énekelte. Olyan ismert karmesterekkel dolgozott együtt, mint Fischer Iván, Kocsis Zoltán, Vásáry Tamás, Kobayashi Ken-Ichiro és Herbert Boek. 2000 óta a Nationaltheater Mannheim tagja.
He won the József Simándy Memorial Singing Competition in Szeged in 2006, the Ferruccio Tagliavini International Singing Competition in 2007, and received a special award in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna a year later.
„Sokakban, akik énekesi pályára készültünk, a lelkünk mélyén ott szunnyadnak a szólistaambíciók. Ezek az alkalmak igazi ajándékok a sorstól, hogy a rég elfeledett álmok rövid időre valóra váljanak. Kívánom, hogy mindenki részesüljön ilyen örömteli pillanatokban.” Gáspár István, a Nemzeti Énekkar basszusszólamának tagja
2000-óta tagja a Nemzeti Énekkar szopránszólamának, és számos koncerten közreműködött szólistaként. A 2006-2007-es, majd a 2018-2019-es évadban is elnyerte A Nemzeti Énekkar Legjobb Énekkari Művésze címet. „Hálás vagyok, hogy a Nemzeti Filharmonikusok együtteseiben is kaptam szólista felkéréseket, melyeknek híre továbbgyűrűzött az Operaházig” – nyilatkozta.
The Hungarian National Choir (originally called State Choir) was founded in 1985. Between 1990 and 2016 it was headed by Mátyás Antal, who was succeeded by Csaba Somos on 1 January 2016.