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.
Pierre de la Rue: Requiem
Arvo Pärt: Symphony No. 3
Arthur Honegger: Symphony No. 3 (Symphonie Liturgique)
Featuring the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra and Chorus (chorus master: Gábor Csiki)
Conductor: Gábor Csiki (Requiem), Balázs Kocsár
28 October 2019, 7:30 p.m., Erkel Theatre