amarcord: From the Leipzig School

Tuesday, 24.7.2018, 8 pm, HMT Leipzig, Grand Staircase and Concert hall

Unmistakable sound, breathtaking homogeneity, perfect sense of musical style, and a good dose of charm and wit are the special hallmarks of amarcord. The highly varied and diverse repertoire includes songs of the Middle Ages, Renaissance madrigals and masses, compositions of European Romanticism and the 20th century, as well as the a cappella arrangements of world-wide folk songs and well-known songs from soul and jazz. The vocal ensemble is the winner of numerous international competitions (Tolosa / Spain, Tampere / Finland, Pohlheim / Germany, 1st Choir Olympics in Linz / Austria).

This concert at our IAML Congress aims to represent two important Leipzig music traditions. First with chorales from the Thomas-Graduale, which is now kept in the university library, the ensemble exercises musical practice as it was cultivated in the first quarter of the 14th century at the Leipzig Thomaskirche. Second with vocal compositions by Leipzig Conservatory teachers Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Carl Reinecke, and others will bring back music life of the 19th century to today's audience.

Before the concert you will have the opportunity to visit the University Library (Beethovenstrasse 6, Forschungslesesaal, 4th floor) and view the Thomas-Graduale.

Leipziger Synagogalchor: Masterpieces of the Synagogue / Hebrew and Yiddish songs

Leipziger Synagogalchor, Foto: Anne Hornemann

Wednesday, 25.7.2018, 7-8 pm, Leipziger Stadtbibliothek (Public Library), Oberlichtsaal 

The Leipziger Synagogalchor (Leipzig Synagogal Choir) is the only German ensemble that specialises exclusively in Jewish choral music in all its facets. Since 1962 the choir has brought back masterpieces of the synagogue to regular performances again, which is a repertoire that was almost extinguished during the Nazi regime. Yiddish songs in virtuoso and artful arrangements are another part of this choir’s repertoire, and these songs are very popular audiences.

In an acclaimed tour of Israel in November 2017 and from numerous concerts in Germany, other European countries, South Africa, Brazil and the United States, the choir has gained a brilliant reputation as an excellent and warmly received ensemble.

Awards such as the Arts Prize of the City of Leipzig, the Star of Friendship in Gold, and last but not least, the 2017 Obermayer German Jewish History Award all testify to the charisma and ambassadorial abilities of the ensemble for international and interreligious dialogue.

Ludwig Böhme has been the Leipzig Synagogal Choir’s Artistic Director since 2012. Böhme, who was formerly a member of the Leipzig Thomaner Choir, studied choir conducting, and he also directs the chamber choir Josquin des Préz. He teaches at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig and is the founder of and a baritone in the Calmus Ensemble.

The variety of Jewish music, both from the synagogue and popular songs in Yiddish, from Renaissance motets to the crude drinking songs, will be presented by the choir in its concert at the IAML Congress along with Falk Hoffmann (tenor), and Tilmann Löser (piano).

Catholic Church Music from the Dresden Court

Sächsisches Vocalensemble

Thursday, 26.7.2018, 8 pm, Paulinum – Main hall and University church St. Pauli

Under the regency of August des Starken, the Dresden court developed into a European center of baroque splendor. After the ruler converted from being a Lutheran to a Catholic, Catholic court music was especially promoted in Dresden. Giovanni Alberto Ristori (1693-1753), the court music director Johann David Heinichen (1683-1729), and the double-bass player Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745) created a repertoire of outstanding works for worship and also arranged foreign compositions for use at Dresden. Like much of the Dresden court music, these works are now kept at the Saxon State and University Library (SLUB), where they are available to researchers and musicians. The sources for the concert can be viewed during the post-conference tour.

You will have the opportunity to listen to:

  • Giovanni Alberto Ristori: Litaniae des Sancto Xaverio (Mus.2455-D-1)
  • Jan Dismas Zelenka: Miserere d-moll ZWV 56 (Mus.2358-D-504)
  • Johann David Heinichen: Laudate pueri, Laetatus sum, Nisi Dominus und Lauda Jerusalem (Mus. 2398-D-33)

This concert conducted by Matthias Jung will be performed by Saxonian Vocal Ensemble and Batzdorfer Hofkapelle. These two internationally renowned ensembles feel closely connected to the Dresden musical tradition and work regularly with musical sources from SLUB.