Concert: Brahms, Mendelssohn
Saturday 14th March 2018, 7.30pm
St Andrew's Hall
BRAHMS Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny)
MENDELSSOHN Lobesgesang (Hymn of Praise)
Ruth Holton, Rebecca Mundy, sopranos Christopher Steele, tenor
and Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by David Dunnett
Brahms’ masterful setting of Hölderlin’s Schicksalslied stands alongside the German Requiem as one of his greatest choral triumphs. The poet’s vision of man’s tragic fall is dramatised through the persona of Hyperion, the Titan god of heavenly light.
Mendelssohn’s joyful Lobgesang – also known as his Second
Symphony – showcases the composer’s genius for melodic
invention that was to reach its peak a few years later in Elijah. The piece was commissioned for a Leipzig festival to celebrate 400 years of the moveable type printing press, and notably the Gutenburg Bible. Fittingly, Mendelssohn also chose the Bible for the text of his commemorative work.