Wednesday, 8 March 2017
7.30 p.m., Concert in the
Villa Krötenhof Dessau
Anhalt's Treasury of Song
From Lied to Song
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach,
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Friedrich Hollaender,
Ernst Pepping, Cole Porter, Robert Schumann,
Louis Spohr and Kurt Weill
Vocals: Carola Reichenbach
Saxophone: Lea Aimeé Sophie Tullenaar
Piano: Nicolas Bajorat
Sometimes it is the small concerts that are the real jewels of a festival programme. The art song is one of the most intimate and beautiful vocal genres. Lea Aimeé Sophie Tullenaar, who already appeared at last year's Kurt Weill Festival together with Nils Landgren, has skilfully put together a programme of song featuring a rather unusual musical ensemble. The lyrics tell of faith, love and grief.
The concert begins with Schemelli's Songbook by Johann Sebastian Bach, written in collaboration with church music director Georg Christian Schemelli. The texts are firmly in the tradition of pietism, the 18th century movement that emphasized the biblical doctrine of the Reformation as well as the importance of individual piety. Ernst Pepping is regarded as a pivotal figure in the transformation of Protestant sacred music in the 20th century. His Songbook to Poems by Paul Gerhardt remembers the most important writer of texts for German hymns.
Notions of human love and the individual play only subordinate roles in such sacred songs. In contrast, Romantic composers such as Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn and Louis Spohr placed sensitivity and conviviality at the forefront of their work, creating works of beguiling beauty.
The second half of the programme is devoted to the wonderful evergreens of the great song composers of the modern classical era. Let yourself be transported on a colourful musical journey through time in the beautiful Villa Krötenhof.