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John Eliot Gardiner and his famous Monteverdi Choir perform two central choral works of the Romantic period. In this epoch, sacred music was above all meant to strengthen and edify people. Johannes Brahms does this in his dramatic Schicksalslied, reinterpreting Hölderlin's actually resigned text with an optimistic postlude. This is followed by Mendelssohn's Second Symphony, one of the most beautiful vocal works of the Romantic period. Here, too, sonorous choruses, duets and arias trace a path that leads from darkness to the radiant vision of a better world.

John Eliot Gardiner
John Eliot Gardiner © Sim Canetty Clarke

Johannes Brahms Schicksalslied, op. 54 

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, op. 52 “Hymn of Praise”
Additional information
Introduction 7:10 and 7:10 and 6:10
Participating artists
Berliner Philharmoniker (Orchester)
John Eliot Gardiner (Dirigent)
Monteverdi Choir (Orchester)
Lucy Crowe (Sopran)
Ann Hallenberg (Mezzosopran)
Werner Güra (Tenor)
Philharmonie Berlin
Philharmonie Berlin
Philharmonie Berlin