Upcoming Concerts

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  • André Campra - Requiem (Messe de morts)
  • György Ligeti - Lux aeterna

Works of Early and New Music

The Requiem Mass by André Campra, written around 1695, is one of the most important oratorio works of the French Baroque. In alternating choral and solo sections, the themes of life and death, fear and hope, light and darkness are musically processed in multiple ways. Sometimes in heavenly light sounds, sometimes in passionate, emotional outbursts. The Requiem is contrasted with contemporary works for various instrumentations, from chamber music and a cappella choir to the big tutti of the whole Ensemble and and complete the range of musical expression on one of the central themes of human culture

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Messiah // translated

  • Gerog Friedrich Händel - Messiah - Fassung von W.A.Mozart mit Live Elektronik

1741 - in just 24 days, Handel translates the words of the Holy Bible into one of the most important oratorios of the Baroque era, the Messiah. In three parts, it revolves the birth, passion and resurrection of Christ in prophetic verses in English translation and music full of emotion. 1789 - Mozart wants to perform Handel's work in Vienna. He translates the out-of-fashion music of the baroque master into his own "classical" language by adding more instrumental parts to the score and therefore expanding the orchestra to include modern woodwinds and brass for a more colourful sound. The work is also sung in German translation. 2025 - to mark the 250th anniversary of the first German-language performance, Ensemble Lachrymae wants to "translate" Handel's most famous piece into our time. Both Mozart's version and Handel's original baroque sounds will be brought to life on period instruments. Furthermore, the material will be processed electro-acoustically, paraphrased and interpreted in a completely new way.