SWR Vokalensemble

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All events for the second half of the 2020–2021 season are still planned, but cannot currently be booked. Advance ticket sales have been interrupted. The current experience with the coronavirus pandemic has shown us that in the event of strong demand (above the currently permitted 500 guests), advance sales can only be expanded once the official approval has been given to open the hall accordingly. We will continue to publish or confirm the final program six weeks before the scheduled event.

A synaesthete, the composer Olivier Messiaen truly “saw” sounds, perceiving them as red, blue, or violet. Thanks to this gift, he sought and found harmonies that resemble crystals – with the result that Messiaen’s choral music takes us beyond our usual perceptual world. Of course, even these sounds have their antecedents. Like the Tristan chord, for example, which is why today’s choral concert combines Wagner’s and Messiaen’s music. The superb SWR Vokalensemble will be singing the famous arrangements by Clytus Gottwald, known for his unique adaptations of both lieder and piano music for choir.

Photo that shows Traumgesang Swr Vokalensemble 01 C Klaus Mellenthin. © Klaus Mellenthin
© Klaus Mellenthin


Music from Richard Wagner, Clytus Gottwald, Franz Schubert, Olivier Messiaen and Johannes Brahms

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