7 Apr 2014 Milton Court

BBC Singers 2013-14 Season Sacred Songs Sacred Songs

Sacred Songs


19:30 Monday 7 Apr 2014 Concert HallMilton Court London EC2Y 8DT

  • Arnold Schoenberg 1874–1951
  • Friede auf Erden
  • Johannes Brahms 1833–1897
  • Warum ist das Licht gegeben
  • Max Reger 1873–1916
  • Abendlied
  • Robert Schumann 1810–1856
  • 4 Songs for double chorus, Op 141
  • Josef Gabriel Rheinberger 1839–1901
  • Abendlied
  • Hugo Wolf 1860–1903
  • 6 geistliche Lieder
  • Richard Strauss 1864–1949
  • Deutsche Motet

Concert Information

The Romantic German choral repertoire is notable for its glorious and opulent vocal sonorities, luxuriant scoring and ravishing harmonies, and this programme of seldom-heard masterpieces for voices will be enjoyed by anyone who loves the orchestral music of this era. Two sumptuous masterworks by friends and compatriots Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann can be heard alongside more intimate pieces by the great composer-organists Max Reger and Josef Rheinberger, while Hugo Wolf's Sacred Songs are a touching and intimate statement of faith. As bookends to the programme, Arnold Schoenberg's impassioned choral plea for peace on earth, and Richard Strauss's mighty setting of words in praise of Creation: an astonishing, and rarely-heard, work for 16-part choir, and one of the most sublime and unforgettable works in the entire choral repertoire.

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