Pygmalion / Raphaël Pichon

Mendelssohn: Elijah

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Raphaël Pichon
Raphaël Pichon © Piergab
Stéphane Degout
Stéphane Degout © Jean-Baptiste Millot
Ema Nikolovska
Ema Nikolovska © Kaupo Kikkas

Bach’s legacy

On 26 August 1846, a thundering round of applause shook the local concert hall in Birmingham, England, to its foundations. The 2,000 members of the audience had just heard Felix Mendelssohn’s new oratorio »Elijah« performed by four soloists, a whopping 271 choir singers and 125 orchestra musicians. The original-sound conductor Raphaël Pichon now reaffirms his love of Mendelssohn’s music with a significantly slimmer line-up in the Elbphilharmonie.

At his side for this performance of »Elijah«, Raphaël Pichon has his choral and instrumental ensemble Pygmalion, with whom he presented a delightful exploration of Johann Sebastian Bach last season. Pichon also sees Bach’s influence very clearly in Mendelssohn’s »Elijah«: »When I engage with Romantic music, what I find is essentially the legacy of Bach’s music.« In a series of episodes, the oratorio depicts the deeds of the prophet Elijah, from the proclaimed drought and the encounter with God on Mount Horeb to his ascension to heaven.



Stéphane Degout Elijah

Siobhan Stagg Widow, Angel

Ema Nikolovska Queen, Angel

Thomas Atkins Obadiah, Ahab

Julie Roset Youth

director Raphaël Pichon


Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Elijah / oratorio, Op. 70

Pre-Concert Talk

with Vincent Dahm (in German)

19:00 / Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal

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