Thursday 25 October 19:30
Mass in the Time of War
Thursday 25 October
As war swept through Europe after the French Revolution, Austria looked vulnerable. Like many of his colleagues, Joseph Haydn feared an invasion.
But Haydn put his trust in both god and in music. In August 1796 he wrote a Mass that reveals his own unease as conflict approached. An ominous mood hangs over the Mass in the Time of War, which is known for its thundering drums. But Haydn’s work for choir, soloists and orchestra is as exhilarating and reassuring as it is haunting.
Sofia Gubaidulina asks for no human voices in her expression of the Seven Last Words. Instead, an accordion, a cello and a string orchestra evoke the contradictory emotions associated with Good Friday, bringing confrontation and harmony, pain and hope. Music of deep emotion and contradiction characterises this concert featuring three local choirs conducted by Kjetil Almenning.