Closing Concert: Transcendental Journey

Sunday, 11. September 2011
Concert No. 17, Maribor Cathedral at 20:00

Festival Maribor Orchestra
Richard Tognetti – conductor, lead violin

The Croatian Radio Television Choir
Tonči Bilić – conductor

Aleksandra Zamojska - soprano
Monica Theiss-Eröd - soprano
Barbara Jernejčič Fürst - alto
Tomaž Sevšek - organ

Johann Sebastian Bach: Chaconne from Partita No.2, in G Minor, BWV1004 (1720)
Arvo Pärt: My Heart is in the Highlands for soprano and countertenor (2000)
John Adams: Shaker Loops (1977-83)
Arvo Pärt: Magnificat (1989)
Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria in D Major, RV 589 (1713-17)

For nearly 300 hundred years Bach’s Partita No. 2 has captured the imaginations of countless music lovers, especially the Chaconne, which seems to have no less than mystical hold on performers as well as listeners. Is it because of its technical originality and complexity, demanding just about the impossible from the instrument and the player? Or is it because of its breath-taking profundity, condensing the whole universe within one man, one violin, and one bow? Probably both, and with Richard Tognetti performing we can surely look forward to an intense and deeply moving journey into the depths of the human soul transcending space and time.