October 21, 2022

Ein Licht auf meinem Wege

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Ein Licht auf meinem Wege

Die Schwanengesänge von Schütz und Hindemith

Friday, 21.10.2022
Alter Dom, Linz

Heinrich Schütz: Schwanengesang
Paul Hindemith: Messa a cappella
Texte von Robert Schneider
ensemble cantissimo
Markus Utz, Leitung

Heinrich Schütz’s “Schwanengesang” is one of the great mysteries of music history, because here a composer negates all adversity, even the impossible. He countered the endless suffering of the Thirty Years’ War with grandiose music. The certainty of his faith tells that life is stronger than death.
The direct comparison with Paul Hindemith’s “Messe a cappella” from 1963 shows astonishing parallels. Here, too, war, persecution and inner turmoil meet musically with believing consolation, confidence and new courage.
Together with the writer Robert Schneider (“Schlafes Bruder”), the ensemble cantissimo combines these two masterpieces with the swan song texts specially written of him.