Laeiszhalle Hamburg Großer Saal

CANCELLED: Symphoniker Hamburg / Europa Chor Akademie / Joshard Daus

The programme for this event has had to be changed as a result of the coronavirus situation

This concert has already taken place!
This concert has already taken place!

Concerts at the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle are currently subject to coronavirus-related restrictions. This event is therefore going ahead with an amended programme and reduced seating capacity. Go to replacement concert

The concert was part of the Symphoniker Hamburg's subscriptions »Morgen Musik Subscription« and »Combi-VH-MM Subscription«. We will be in touch directly with subscribers to notify them of all alternative options.

Choral music by Johannes Brahms is seldom heard in concert. More's the pity: in these works, the composer is surprisingly open about matters of the heart. The »Alto Rhapsody« – based on Goethe's text »Harzreise im Winter« – is one such piece. In Summer 1869, Brahms had fallen in love with Julie Schumann, the third daughter of Clara Schumann. But the two of them didn't manage to organise a tête-à-tête: the reserved Brahms failed to share even with his best friend Clara that the unsuspecting Julie was soon to be married to a count. Brahms transported his strong feelings for the young woman into this setting of Goethe's Sturm-und-Drang poem.

»Nänie« – originally a lament from ancient Rome – transforms the pain of love into an ode to art as a noble source of solace. The song is based on a text by Friedrich Schiller. And »Gesang der Parzen« (Song of the Fates, from Goethe's »Iphigenie auf Tauris«) focuses on the gods and the way they determine our human lives as the whim takes them.

These three secular choral works by Brahms are juxtaposed with a sacred work of French provenance. In 1961 Francis Poulenc wrote a piece for the foundation set up by the legendary music patron, conductor and double-bass player Serge Koussevitzky. Poulenc's »Gloria« opens with imposing church pomp: full fortissimo chords create the impression that one is sitting in ¬Westminster Abbey during a royal wedding ceremony!


Symphoniker Hamburg

Europa Chor Akademie Görlitz

Anke Vondung alto

conductor Joshard Daus


Johannes Brahms
Rhapsodie für eine Altstimme, Männerchor und Orchester op. 53
Nänie für gemischten Chor und Orchester op. 82
Gesang der Parzen op. 89

Francis Poulenc
Gloria FP 177 für Sopran, Chor und Orchester


Symphoniker Hamburg / Morgen Musik Subscription

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Promoter: Symphoniker Hamburg