The Bad Vilbel have come to enjoy a very special concert: The composer Tigran Mansurian has taken all the way from Armenia to be to present in the Heilberger heiliggeistkirche his Requiem.
The Holy Spirit Church on the Heilsberg fills up early, from half-past five already are barely good places to have. A crowd of people surrounded a friendly smiling older man: It’s Tigran Mansurian, the Armenian composer of the Requiem, which will be presented this evening – in any event, a first for the Holy Ghost Church. Slowly calm is restored, and now the Bad Vilbel Chamber Orchestra starts.
Arvo Pärt’s “Orient and Occident” offers a concentrated prelude. The radiant Klaus Albert Bauer on the console lets you feel the Ewigkeitssonntag the mood and gesture of Eve. The entry into the work of the composer, who was born in Estonia is almost threatening, but through the murky mists of strings therethrough renders soon tonal beauty wide.
The increases effectively with Haydn’s “Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross”. Despite the profound drama of the piece, the playfulness of Bauer and his orchestra goes quickly on the banned listening audience. Then the choir’s turn. Herbert Helfrich “nuances” fill the Church tenderly with the sounds of “Kyrie” from the Mass in E Flat Major by Josef Rheinberger.
And a first impression of how well the two work together Bad Vilbel ensemble, the audience then gets before the break with the “Dona nobis pacem” by Latvian composer Peteris Vasks. Choir and Orchestra intone solemn clarity. After the break, spontaneous and loosely grasps Mayor Thomas Stöhr (CDU) of the word from the pulpit, surrounded by the choristers. He stressed what an honor Tigran Mansurian proves the Bad Vilbelern by has taken this performance all the way from Armenia in coming.
He rightly praised and thanked for the constant musical quality of the concerts in this county, which sometimes could be a small opera house, the church. Then the Requiem begin. It reminds us of the first note to forget the millions of violent deaths of Armenians during World War I never, and uphold the memory of these planned and completed by the then Turkish government genocide and its devastating consequences for Armenia and the whole region.
Admonishing and harmonious
Quick, but restrained himself strings and choir combine to modernity in the sound that never imposes itself. She reminded the audience also how currently remains the subject of expulsion and flight, especially in these days.
But despite a staged drama lies in the music itself, urgently admonishing, harmonious, occidental and Christian in the best sense. In the end then, the choir has the last word. And he concludes with a blessing as it were. The end leaves the audience to remain quiet for a moment – until a huge applause breaks out, all the rewards that have performed together on this evening.