Liszt - Via Crucis
Liszt - Sunt lacrymae rerum. Unstern! Sinistre, disastro
Kodály - Smeekbede, 'Szép Könyörgés
Bárdos - The prayers of the prophet Jeremiah
Unusual stillness in 'Via Crucis' by Franz Liszt
Anyone who thinks of Franz Liszt usually thinks directly of virtuoso piano music and breathtaking symphonic poems. But besides being a celebrated pianist and composer, Liszt was also a deeply religious man. During a stay in Rome in 1878, he wrote down his most famous spiritual composition, the 'Via Crucis' (The Stations of the Cross), which follows Jesus on his path of suffering in fourteen stations. The almost unearthly stillness expressed in the music is far removed from the virtuoso piano music of earlier years. Liszt wrote no less than three versions of his 'Via Crucis'. During this concert you will hear the version for choir, baritone and piano. In the Edesche Concert Hall, the Monteverdi Chamber Choir connects 'Via Crucis' with two equally tranquil choral works by Liszt's compatriots Zoltán Kodály and Lajos Bardós
Conductor Wouter Verhage on 'Via Crucis': "The piano version works so meditative. It always makes a deep impression on the audience. Sometimes people sit in silence for minutes." (Read the interview with Wouter Verhage.)
From Gregorian chant to 'O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden'
That silence has a lot to do with the music Liszt took as a starting point for 'Via Crucis'. As a profoundly religious Roman Catholic, Gregorian chant was his musical mother tongue. But in 'Via Crucis' there are also two well-known Lutheran corals. Music we all know from Bach's 'Matthew Passion': "O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden"
Monteverdi Chamber Choir
The Monteverdi Chamber Choir was founded in 1989 and performs in concert series throughout the Netherlands. The choir can also be listened to regularly on the radio and abroad. In addition to early music (Renaissance and Early Baroque), the MKU also regularly sings contemporary choral repertoire. Several composers dedicated choral works to the MKU. The efforts of choir and conductor for the work of composer Joep Straesser were awarded the Straesser - Verster Prize 2006 on 2 July 2006. Since 2016 the Monteverdi Chamber Choir has been conducted by conductor Wouter Verhage
Baritone Michael Wilmering
In Liszt's 'Via Crucis' Michael Wilmering sings the baritone solos. He won the second prize in the National Tour of Stichting Jong Muziektalent and the prize for the best interpretation of a Dutch song (2011). At the International Vocalists Competition 2014 he won the junior and press prize in the Song Duo category with pianist Javier Rameix. Michael performed various opera roles at the Dutch National Opera Academy, De Nationale Opera and the Nederlandse Reisopera. Michael is also in great demand as a soloist. For example, he sang Bach's 'Matthew Passion' and 'John Passion', Handel's 'Messiah' and Mozart's 'Requiem'
Pianist Rob Nederlof
Rob Nederlof studied organ with Maurice Pirenne at the Brabant Conservatory, piano with Alexandru Hrisanide and harpsichord with Gerard Dekker. He followed various master courses at home and abroad with Bernard Lagacé, Albert de Klerk, Piet Kee and Luigi Tagliavini, among others. Rob Nederlof also studied with Gisbert Schneider at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen (Germany). He has performed in many important concert halls and churches in Europe, including the Smetana Hall in Prague, the Berliner Dom, the Leipziger Thomaskerk, the St. Bavokerk in Haarlem, Hofkapel Schönnbrun and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Listen to 'Via Crucis' by Franz Liszt.
zang Bösendorfer Imperial 290 piano Franz Liszt Zoltán Kodály Lajos Bardós Kamerkoor bariton Via Crucis Passie koor gregoriaans O Traurigkeit O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden