29/04 A Suitcase from Berlin

Join us on a journey spanning German choral literature through the ages.

20 April 20:15, Pieterskerk Church Utrecht | tickets
24 April 20:15, Muziekgebouw aan t IJ, Amsterdam | tickets

In recent years young German conductor Ralf Sochaczewsky (1972) has assisted regularly at Cappella Amsterdam, and has also displayed his talents as a choir conductor with the Choeur de Radio France, Rundfunkchor Berlin, the Rias Chamber Choir and Cappella Cracoviensis. So it was high time to invite him to put together his own programme.

The oldest and probably best known work in this programme is the Israelsbrünnlein by Johann Hermann Schein, a friend of Heinrich Schütz’s whose ‘swan song’ was presented earlier this season. But although Schütz travelled to Italy several times in order to study with well-known contemporaries, Schein stayed his entire (albeit short) life in Germany. The manner in which he gave his own interpretation to the popular Italian madrigal style of the day is what makes Israelsbrünnlein one of the highlights of the German baroque.

The late romanticism of Arnold Mendelssohn and Peter Cornelius, the neo-Classicism of Max Reger and recent works by Wolfgang Buchenberg on texts by mediaeval philosopher Meister Eckehardt complete our journey through the centuries. 

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