St. Johannis delighted the audience on Wednesday evening with a unique choral concert. The songs and poems performed were mostly secular, because that evening everything revolved around love. But because she is a heavenly power, there was no better place for her than the church.
The program included love songs from four centuries ago that should have been played here two years earlier. “Then Corona threw the key into the work,” explained the choir director Christiane Artisi. She and the choir were very happy that the concert could finally take place.
As with most choirs, the number of female singers, and especially male singers, in St. Johannis, was greatly reduced in the Corona years. “If you like this concert, we invite you to sing together,” Artisi exclaimed to those present. “We need reinforcements in all voices, especially men!”
It was all the more amazing to experience the full and pure sound of the choir: the only 15 singer and two singers lacked anything in terms of voice formation, sound and dynamics. Justus Wahlers put the icing on the cake with his sensitive and multi-colored piano part.
The beautiful phrases that Artisi chose for classic old love songs such as “I’m surrounded by love” or “Innsbruck, I must let you” filled the church with euphony and warmth. “Your heart beats when you hear these beautiful melodies,” said Marlene Müller from Verden. And it is precisely such moments of happiness that are especially needed at this time.
The audience could sing along to the first verse of the song “Ęnnchen von Tharau” and it was impossible to mistake that those present were having a good time. A beautiful, heartfelt set of choir voices crowned this beloved gem of singing culture before the sad side of love was sung with “In a cool Reason”. With a deep, dark feeling, the choir created an atmosphere of agonizing loneliness that Eichendorff describes so vividly here.
The leader encourages singing together
Between the songs, poems were recited from the ranks of the choir from Vogelweide to Poetry Slam. “Unfortunately, some lyrics were not easy to understand,” said Verden’s Jutta Adomeit, who nonetheless enjoyed the concert. “So many memories show up with these songs, it all comes back immediately.” Most of all, she highlighted the performances of the only two men in the choir: “I think it’s great that only two male voices can have such a great presence to set this beautiful counterpoint to bright female voices.”
Contrary to the dark yearning for Eichendorff’s death, after Heine’s “Loreley”, which also promised death, there was one of the happiest love songs of all. The audience was able to sing the first verse “Horch, was geht aus raus” again, and as the church was flooded with so many joyful and enthusiastic voices at the push of a button, Artisi allowed the second verse to be sung in front of the choir, now with almost exuberant amusement, he presented an artistic version of the song .
You could also sing along with “Dat du min Leevsten büst”, before starting with Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn’s “Who Wants to Defend Me” and Johann Gabriel Rheinberger’s “Probably an Hour Before the Day”, first with a romantic melody and then with two energetic songs Mozart, Terzetten has become an entirely classic. Virtuoso voices, composed by Mozart for a solo voice, have been divided into a choir, full of dynamics and purity, creating an almost operatic sound with the tongue-in-cheek characteristic of Mozart.
Finally, with the Songs of Love Songs, the spiritual aspect also came to the fore. It was like a sensitive perpetual motion machine, like a round dance where everyone joins hands. Immersed in euphony, the audience remained silent for a moment, then enthusiastically thanked the choir – and received thanks in return with a beautiful old evening song “Ade zum Gute Nacht”.
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