… wishes the Stuttgarter Oratorienchor to all people near and far!
We are overjoyed that we succeeded in a real picture book start after the long forced concert break! We were able to present an extremely successful and acclaimed concert in one of the most beautiful churches in Stuttgart in front of a virtually sold-out house. The expectant audience was offered a truly mammoth program. With the Mozart Requiem (Death) and excerpts from the Brahms Requiem (Consolation), this was almost a “double concert”.
The Levin version of the Mozart Requiem sounded with wonderfully appropriate tempi from lyrical-sensitive to somber-tragic to ecstatic-dramatic in an extremely exciting interpretation. The great assurance of the choir in the fugues and transitions, the dynamic range from delicate pianissimo to dramatic forte, the many expressive changes in the sound captivated the audience even in the back seats. Supported by a fantastic quartet of soloists and a top orchestra, this was a Mozart Requiem the likes of which one does not hear every day.
After this exhausting bravura performance, the choir still had to find the strength to sing another “super work.” The three Brahms movements, with a playing time of a good 35 minutes, were also played with great feeling in their expression. This touching and “solving” music was the comforting answer to the shattering Mozart Requiem. Rührung und Ergriffenheit war in den Augen bei nicht wenigen unserer Konzertbesucher und -besucherinnen zu sehen. Der langanhaltende und begeisterte Applaus sprach Bände.
On April 29th we continue…
Then our rehearsals for the anniversary concert in the Liederhalle begin. We cordially invite interested singers – especially tenors – to join us in bringing Haydn’s Creation to concert maturity: LET THERE BE LIGHT – AND THERE WAS LIGHT!