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Lobgesang

WIEDERAUFNAHME Mario Schröder / Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Performance 09/17/2017  |  Ballet by Mario Schröder | Music by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

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The Lobgesang, or Hymn of Praise, alternates between symphonic and cantata-like parts. Its text comes from the Bible, and is simultaneously Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s homage to the tradition-laden church where it was premiered and an examination of Beethoven, whose Ninth Symphony pushed the symphonic genre to its limits with its form and scale. Mendelsson’s symphonic cantata is a festival of light in the face of darkness. “Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light,” goes the central tenet, which in turn paves the way for the grand final chorus: “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.” Mario Schröder combines this hymn to enlightenment with a work that marks the nadir of the modern era. The text, by Paul Éluard, explores the French resistance at the close of World War II and victory over tyranny, and forms the basis for Francis Poulenc’s Figure humaine (Human countenance), a cantata for double choir. Here, unwavering religious conviction and the hope for a more humane world come together, while grand symphonic gesture comes together with the simplicity of the human voice. With this production of Lobgesang, Mario Schröder continues his successful collaboration with the Oper Leipzig Chorus as they present another central work of choral literature.

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