Strengthening the Soul with the Music of Mourning of the Past and Present
What links together the three musical works in this programme is the fact that they all evoke the Gregorian period and start mournfully before eventually leading to a sense of reconciliation. The requiem mass for unaccompanied choir written by Flemish Renaissance composer Pierre de la Rue will be juxtaposed, movement-by-movement, with the contemporary Estonian Arvo Pärt’s Symphony No. 3, a piece harking back to a medieval sound. Concluding the concert will be Arthur Honegger’s Liturgical Symphony. A remembrance of World War Two, the work is a musical whirlwind of dissonance expressing the horrors of the conflict, but with Gregorian quotes indicating that the fire of humanity – while diminished to embers – had not been extinguished.
The Hungarian-themed photos in the video montage accompanying tonight's performance of Symphonie Liturgique have been provided by the Hungarian National Museum.
Pierre de la Rue: Requiem – excerpts (conductor: Gábor Csiki)
Arvo Pärt: Symphony No. 3
Arthur Honegger: Symphony No. 3 (Symphonie Liturgique)
Conductor » Balázs Kocsár
Featuring the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra and Chorus.
Chorus Director » Gábor Csiki
- Erkel Theatre
- Oct. 28, 2019
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