This concert offers the audience the chance to share in a special experience: the ensembles of the year performing two oratorios back-to-back, one of them from the 19th century and the other dating from the turn of the millennium. Both works revolve around the same theme - death, resurrection and the vision of the last judgement - while using the musical language and means of expression of their own eras.
Born in Zurich in 1961 but now based in New York, Daniel Schnyder is a multifaceted figure in the music of the present: a performer and composer, a jazz musician and prolific creator of the contemporary classical repertoire all rolled up in one person. He releases albums showcasing his abilities as a saxophonist and also writes symphonies, oratorios, operas and concertos as a composer. The Revelation of St. John is a half-hour English-language oratorio setting the biblical vision of the ap...ocalypse to music and employing soloists, a choir and an orchestra. The work's musical language is contemporary, - but accessible with the inspiring presence of jazz detectable in its rhythms and harmonic world as well.
One of the reasons why Brahms's 1866 German Requiem was a revolutionary work is because it was not written in Latin, in part as the text was not liturgical. The composer himself compiled it from excerpts from the Bible. One interesting parallel between the two works is the fact that they both employ solo parts for soprano and baritone. Taking the stage as the two separate pairs of soloists for the two works will be Andrea Rost, Ágnes Szalai, Máté Fülep and Michele Kálmándy. Sebastian Weigle, guest maestro of the Hungarian National Choir and the Hungarian National Philharmonic, is a popular and much sought-after opera conductor: the Müpa Budapest audience has already had the chance to see him in his 2017 production of Rienzi here.
Presented by: Hungarian National Philharmonic
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