After the enormous success in 2018 of the "Requiem" from Brahms celebrating our 60th Anniversary, the European Union Choir returns to the basics of European vocal music with a masterpiece of German baroque music from Dieterich Buxtehude,
"Membra Jesu nostri".
This ensemble of seven "cantatas" (each one has the same cantata concert aria), is the only "vocal cycle" from Buxtehude. The Seven Wounds of Christ on the Cross, as the Seven Last Words of Christ from Haydn, Gounod, Franck or Dubois. The devotion of the wounds of the suffering Christ is long-standing. It was first about six wounds, then seven in order to recall the ideal symbolic figure.
Buxtehude proposes here a meditation in seven movements. In one great upward mouvement, the meditation raises itself from the earth towards the sky, up to the sublime face of the pain of man, not without bringing to light the heart of the Redeemer. Les seven cantatas therefore refer, in turn, to the feet, knees, hands, side, chest and face.
In the first part, you will hear choral pieces on the theme of Haydn's passion, Mendelssohn, Elgar, Bach, Gounod or even Brahms.
European Union Choir Ensemble Orchestral de Bruxelles Jacques Vanherenthals, dir. Elise Gäbele, sop. Clotilde Cellier, sop. Marie-Laure Coenjaerts, alt. Laurens-Alexander Wyns, ten. Samuel Namotte, bar.
18 EUR (normal and - 18 years) 28 EUR ( first ten rows) Saturday 30 March - 8 p.m. Saint-Jacques-sur-Coudenberg Church Brussels Tickets available starting from 7 p.m. the day of the concert.
Perhaps more than any other classical music genre, opera seems to divide people into two categories: those who adore it and those who can’t stand it. The extreme emotions, the complicated plots, the omnipresent music can become an argument for either party, as “uplifting” can easily be viewed as “absurd”. Still, there is a ground where opera fans and detesters meet, and even share happy humming: the bits sung not by an (ear-screeching) coloratura soprano or an (inhumanly low) bass, but by the usually reasonable groups of ordinary people – that is, by the chorus.
As such, the European Union Choir is proud to present the opera concert dedicated to some of the best choral parts ever to have found their way into an opera score. READ MORE...