– J. S. Bach: Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12 – J. S. Bach: Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal, BWV 146 – G. P. Telemann: Die Donner-Ode, TWV 6: 3
Reglint Bühler (soprano), Annette Markert (alto), Martin Lattke (tenor), Stephan Genz (baritone), Matthias Weichert (bass), Daniel Beilschmidt (organ), Thomanerchor Leipzig, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, direction: Gotthold Schwarz
Keeping tradition alive yet exploring new ground has always been the task of the St. Thomas Boys Choir. Besides upholding the tradition of Bach’s music, the annual programme of the Thomaner also includes premiere performances and works by contemporary composers. For this special concert, besides Bach’s Weimar cantata »Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen« and Georg Philipp Telemann’s »Donner-Ode«, which was written in 1756 under the impact of a catastrophic earthquake in Lisbon, works by two contemporary Leipzig composers have been chosen. Siegfried Thiele’s »Gebet des Zoroaster« (»Zoroaster’s Prayer«) is based on the poem of the same name by Heinrich von Kleist, an original work by the poet who ascribed it to the pre-Christian mystic Zoroaster, also known as Zarathustra. The poem, which deals with the story of Zoroaster’s awakening and mission, is set to music for an impressive six to eleven-part choir and eight instruments. Volker Bräutigam’s work »De Angelis«, a concertino for soprano, strings and percussion, rounds out the programme.