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The ensemble Sospiratem (soprano, recorder/percussion, violin/viola, harp) presents Christian music from Spain and France, Ladino-Jewish songs from the Mediterranean and Sufi poems.


In the program "The Translator of Longings" creations from the three major world religions are heard: Jewish music from Spain - which immediately captivates the audience and us musicians with its joy of life and melancholy - Christian-mystical songs and a Catholic mass setting - the contemplatively transport you into another world - as well as Sufist poems - which use their language to create vivid images.

All of this comes from the Middle Ages and therefore from a time when the three religions lived together on the European continent much more naturally than it seems today. In today's world it is difficult to imagine that different religions can coexist peacefully. Nevertheless, for centuries there has been an inner longing for a peaceful exchange between Christianity, Judaism and Islam, in which similarities outweigh differences. The concert program “Translators of Desires” artistically unites the three monotheistic religions. The four musicians of Sospiratem perform Sephardic songs that fascinate with their immediate and soulful expression of joy of life and melancholy.

Melodies from the Cantigas de Santa Maria collection tell wondrous stories about the Virgin Mary. Parts of the famous Messe de Notre Dame by Guillaume de Machaut invite you to pause. The program is supplemented by short Sufi poems by the mystics Ibn Arabi and Rumi. Although these works seem so different at first glance, they harmonize impressively. Using harp, historical string instruments, recorders and singing, the artists take the audience back to a time when the three religions lived together in Europe, tolerated, respected and enriched each other culturally.

With their music, the ensemble wants to express the basic human longing for peaceful coexistence. Sospiratem is an ensemble from Leipzig that was founded over ten years ago at the local music college. The artists combine historically informed performance practice with spontaneity and authenticity.

After the concert there will be an opportunity to exchange ideas with the artists. In addition, Rabbi Dr. Walter Rothschild will be available as a conversation partner.


Admission free - donations requested
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Dates
May 2024
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