Hathor Consort / Dorothee Mields / Romina Lischka

Das Alte Werk / Hamburg International Music Festival

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Dorothee Mields
Dorothee Mields © Harald Hoffmann
Hathor Consort
Hathor Consort © Yves Gervais
Romina Lischka
Romina Lischka © Marina Vranjes
Laeiszhalle © Maxim Schulz

Musical witnesses of the past

What traces do wars leave on the music of the time? The Hathor Consort, a viol ensemble of to which harp, organ and cornett are added, joins forces with soprano Dorothee Mields to look for echoes of the Thirty Years’ War in the works of composers who witnessed this catastrophic period in European history.

With his »Trostgedichten in Widerwertigkeit deß Kriegs«, the poet Martin Opitz wrote an influential treatise of edification in the midst of this fierce conflict that claimed the lives of around a third of the population. The composers of the age attempted to process the deep trauma of violence, hunger and utter defencelessness through their music. This programme brings together four musical witnesses of the time:Heinrich Schütz, Samuel Scheidt, Andreas Hammerschmidt and Heinrich Albert.

The acclaimed Hathor Consort focuses mainly on Renaissance and Baroque music, but it regularly combines this with music from other cultures as well as with contemporary works. Dorothee Mields likewise focuses entirely on Early Music, and her clear and intimate soprano is regarded as one of today's top voices in the field of historic performing practice.


Hathor Consort

Dorothee Mields soprano

Romina Lischka viola da gamba and director


Music against the »repulsiveness of war«
Composers in the Thirty Years’ War: Heinrich Schütz, Samuel Scheidt, Andreas Hammerschmidt and Heinrich Albert

Pre-Concert Talk

(in German)

19:00 / Laeiszhalle, Großer Saal


Das Alte Werk


Hamburg International Music Festival

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