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30
July 2016
Saturday
6:00 PM
Church of St Mary Magdalene, Polish National Catholic Cathedral
ul. Szewska 10, Wrocław
Singing Europe
Performers:

Paul McCreesh – conductor
Rosy Joshua – soprano
Paula Murrihy – mezzo-soprano
Robert Murray – tenor
Andrew Foster Williams – bass
NFM Wrocław Philharmonic
 
Choir of Medical University in Wrocław "Medici Cantantes"
Academic Choir of Warsaw University
Academic Choir of Gdańsk University
Akademický sbor Žerotín
VUS Pardubice
NFM Choir

Programme:

F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Elijah Op. 70 

The monumental Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Elijah is sometimes called the greatest oratorio of the 19th century. It brings into focus the totality of Mendelssohn’s technical mastery based on a perfect knowledge of polyphony, with a wealth of his imagination both musical and literary. The unique imagery, richness of most subtle shades of lyricism, but also the compelling drama of Elijah make it a masterwork of oratorio literature, deservedly mentioned in a single breath with the superb works by Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, and Joseph Haydn. 
‘For me Elijah is a genuine prophet we would need for today: undeterred, ardent, though surely quick-tempered, irascible and formidable, in opposition to all courtiers and plebs, in opposition to almost the whole world, and yet as if soaring on angelic wings,’ wrote Mendelssohn and his world can explain why it was Elijah who became the protagonist of his second oratorio, written 10 years after Saint Paul.
The primordial power of the Old Testament narrative informed Mendelssohn’s music who commanded his technique with unharnessed freedom. The music of Elijah is of diversified character and very suggestive in its expression – lyrical passages are juxtaposed with dramatic ones and the moderate and tasteful use of illustrative means adds colour to the content and mood. 
The composition was premiered in August 1846 in Birmingham, to an audience of 2000. The audience went crazy with rapture and as many as eighth numbers had to be encored, with critics vying for the first rank in expressing their utter reverence to the composer.

Tickets:

VIP - 110 PLN
Normal - 90 PLN
Reduced – 70 PLN


The National Forum of Music, plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław, co-managed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, City of Wrocław and Lower Silesian Province, registered in Rejestr Instytucji Kultury run by the City of Wrocław as RIK 38/2014.

Patrons:

Wdrożenie e-usług w Filharmonii im. Witolda Lutosławskiego we Wrocławiu - etap 2 współfinansowany jest przez Unię Europejską ze środków Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju Regionalnego w ramach Regionalnego Programu Operacyjnego dla województwa dolnośląskiego na lata 2007 - 2013 oś priorytetowa 6. Wykorzystanie i promocja potencjału turystycznego o kulturalnego Dolnego Śląska (Turystyka i Kultura), działanie 6.5. Działania wspierające infrastrukturę turystyczną i kulturową.