Ralph Vaughan Williams – Dona Nobis Pacem – Max Bruch – Concerto pour violon n°1


16/02/2019 - 16/02/2019

Ralph Vaughan Williams – Dona Nobis Pacem – Max Bruch – Concerto pour violon n°1

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This concert for peace is another collaboration between the Brussels Choral Society and the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra under their conductor, David Navarro Turres. Our soloists are Iris Hendrickx, soprano, Matthew Zadow, bass and Laeticia Cellura, violin. The best-known work in the concert is Max Bruch’s first violin concerto. This romantic work is popular with both audiences and performers alike. Guillaume Lekeu was the up-coming genius among Belgian composers before his untimely death in 1894 at the age of 24. His Adagio pour quatuor d’orchestre is an intense, solemn and elegiac work for string orchestra. Arnold Schoenberg’s early choral work Friede auf Erden was composed before he abandoned the tonal musical language inherited from the great German romantic masters. The text describes how the message of ‘peace on earth and goodwill to men’ is unheeded as the world continues on a path towards violence, war and hate. Vaughan Williams’ cantata Dona Nobis Pacem is a powerful plea for peace. It is one of the composer’s most ambitious and personal works. Biblical texts and poems by Walt Whitman describe the horror and pity of earlier wars. The work contrasts the beating drums of war, with a muffled funeral dirge, a final message of optimism and an unanswered prayer for peace.

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