Dresdner Kammerchor and Le Concert Lorrain
The four compositions being performed at the concert are good examples of this. The opening piece in the concert, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, a cantata adding harmonies to the hymn Martin Luther wrote for the first Sunday of Advent, was first performed in 1724. Although Christen, ätzet diesen Tag ('Christians, remember this day') is not expressly Christmas music, it is of a celebratory nature that presumably originates from Bach's period in Weimar in the 1710s. Unser Mund sei voll Lachens ('Let our mouths be full of laughter') was written for the first day of Christmas 1725 (in its opening chorus, one can discern the overture to Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major). The text of the Magnificat, Mary's song of thanks ('My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.”), is familiar from the Gospel of Luke. Visited by Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, Mary informs her that she is expecting a child. In keeping with the Yuletide theme, all four works are cheerful in tone, with dynamic rhythms and orchestrations that flow with light. Celebrated at the great festivals of Europe, the Dresdner Kammerchor was founded in 1985 by Hans-Christoph Rademann, who continues to lead the ensemble to this day. The choir regularly partners with Le Concert Lorrain. As its name indicates, this orchestra is French, although just like the chorus, it exceeds national boundaries in its significance and since its establishment in 2000 has made its impact felt in performing the full spectrum of European early music. Educated at King's College, Cambridge, Christ Church, Oxford and London's Guildhall School, the 68-year-old Marcus Creed is recognised across Europe as a choirmaster, conductor and a dedicated interpreter of early music.
One of the most sought-after singers of this generation is Alireza Ghorbani. Born into a deeply religious family, Ghorbani was still only an adolescent when he stood out with his sublime recitation of the Koran. At the same time, he was always just as receptive to the sounds of the singers he heard on the radio. It was Gholām-Hossein Banān who had the biggest influence on him, as the first one to help him understand that the words of the Prophet Mohammed and the Sufi poet Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī could be easily integrated into each other. Ghorbani's greatest international triumph, Lost in Love - Persian love songs, beguiles its listeners into the legendary 'Garden of Roses'. It evokes the classical Persian poets like Omar Khayyam, Rūmī and Hafez, who drew inspiration for their work there, while still giving voice to the greats of contemporary Iranian poetry as well. Ghorbani is coming to Müpa Budapest together with masters of the classical Persian instruments like Saman Samimi, the composer of their music (playing kamancheh), Milad Mohammadi (on the tar) and Zakariya Yousefi (percussion instruments). Their concert promises nothing less than to show how medieval songs of mystical love can still break hearts today.
Bryn Terfel Sings Arias
After all this, the fact that he is the pride of his homeland - Wales in the narrower sense and Great Britain in the broader one - might seem a bit contradictory. But Terfel, who was knighted in 2017, is also very much a 'good boy' in a manner of speaking: for example, in graduating with high honours from London's Guildhall School of Music 30 years ago. Since 1993, he has been contracted exclusively to Deutsche Grammophon, one of the world's leading record companies, and he is at home in all of the world's major opera houses, and even its musical theatre venues. The Salzburg Festival, London's Covent Garden, the Wiener Staatsoper, New York's Metropolitan Opera, Milan's La Scala: wherever he appears, he enjoys overwhelming triumphs, because audience everywhere appreciate his extraordinarily and painstakingly honed voice, irresistible musicality and - not least of all - the temperament and power that flows from his portrayals. He has been a memorable Peter Grimes, a magnetic Mephistopheles, an unforgettable Leporello, a Figaro breathing the fire of revolution, a demonic Scarpia and an epicurean Falstaff - just to name a few characters from his rich storehouse, and that isn't even to mention the roles from Donizetti, Offenbach, Wagner and Stravinsky. A living legend of the opera world for many years, Terfel continues to continuously enrich his artistic profile to this day. Sir Bryn Terfel is an exclusive artist of Deutsche Grammophon.