Marienstatt Abbey: a world-class romantic concert

Message from June 8, 2022

Author: Elke Stockhausen

Pentecost, a romantic concert with violin and piano in an almost full hall: the Anna Chapel in the school building of the private gymnasium of the Marienstatt Abbey. A concert from the series of concerts Marienstatt Abbey Concerts, which once again proved that it is worth visiting.

(Photos: Elke Stockhausen)

house of dispute Frater Georg started the afternoon with a short speech.
“What does Pentecost have to do with music?”, A question that only a few listeners had to ask themselves. The 9th-century Latin hymn of Pentecost on the Holy Spirit, “Veni, Creator spiritus,” would provide an answer. The fourth stanza reads: “Ignite your senses and spirit so that love shines in our hearts and our weak flesh and blood work well in your strength.” Pablo Casals sees the relationship with music as follows: “For those who do not love, music drives away their hatred. He gives peace to the restless and comforts those who cry. Those who no longer know what to do find new ways, and those who reject everything gain new security and hope. ”

Masterfully made
In harmony with these words, the concert began, performed by masterful hands. Franz Schubert, Sonatina in A minor, Op. 137/2. One of the series of three sonatas written by Schubert for piano and violin. Romantic, often carried by the melody of the violin, accompanied by a piano with chords. The romance of the piece, shown in perfection, as if both masters magically showed the instruments the way they both joined.

Then Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata Op. 24 “Spring Sonata”, which described spring with a light temperament and conveyed musical streams of fresh spring air and singing birds to the audience. Beethoven, who noticed this, sometimes used excerpts from the popular piano piece Für Elise.
Franz Liszt, Cantique d’amour, Song of Songs of Love, introduced you to gentle peace. Rolf-Dieter Arens was brilliant. The softness with which he performed the Steinway piano sound conveyed the feelings and once again some of the audience closed their eyes to completely immerse themselves in the music.

Edvard Grieg, Sonata in C minor, Op. 45, managed to establish communication between the two instruments and ended his romantic journey through the classical period.

A concert full of emotions. Romanticism, supported by minor keys and well tempered. Two champions? Andreas Hartmann at the piano, he is Honorary Professor of Violin at the University of Weimar. Rolf-Dieter Arens was also a professor at Weimar until he retired in 1991. Their musical work took them both around the world, they took part in television, record and radio productions, and together they recorded Robert Schumann’s Sonata for violin and piano, Op. 121.

Once again, Marienstatter Musikkreis gave the opportunity to experience musical enjoyment. On Friday, July 29, the Organ Night is waiting for the public with illumination in the high choir of the abbey. More information can be found at www.abtei-marienstatt.de. (Elke Stockhausen)


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