Ensemble Opera Diversa: Kyas, Bernáth, MacMillan and Pärt

6 October 2020, 1:00

The church concert of the Ensemble Opera Diversa was originally supposed to present Ondřej Kyas' oratorio Stabat Mater; due to the current situation, however, the production of this work will be replaced by a purely instrumental performance of other compositions. The new programme will feature MacMillan's Seraph, a concerto for trumpet and strings with Vít Otáhal as the soloist, and Arvo Pärt's Festina lente with Dominika Kvardová playing the harp. The concert will be complemented by instrumental works by Ondřej Kyas and Ľuboš Bernáth with the Czech premiere of a rarely performed piece - Summa by Arvo Pärt. The concert will be conducted by Gabriela Tardonová.

The programme opens with a prologue in the form of Ondřej Kyas' Introitus for Strings (2013), reminiscent of an airy temple space illuminated by rays of light. The following instrumental motet Lauda Sion by Ľuboš Bernáth is musically based on the eponymous Mass by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and examines the relationship between instrumental and vocal forms. This relationship is also thematised by the fourth composition, Summa by Arvo Pärt. The Christian confession of faith (Credo) is the longest sung text of the mass. It contains everything essential, a summary of Christian doctrine, which is why it is also called 'summa'. Pärt's Summa exists in various versions, but the very principle of the text of the Credo set to music is essential. Of course, it is only audible in the vocal version, but the instrumental version also sings – it carries the words in itself as an imprint.

The second composition by Arvo Pärt on the programme, 'Festina lente' refers to the maxim "hurry up slowly", both in its message, which it conveys to the listener, and in its form. The strings are divided into three groups in the composition; each group plays the same melody, but at a different tempo. Seraph, which is the title of the last composition written by James Macmillan for trumpet and strings means a celestial being or an angel, which is traditionally associated with trumpets. The concert is announced for 20 October 2020 from 8:00 p.m. in the Church of St. Augustine on Kraví Hora.


Ondřej Kyas: Introitus for strings (2013) 7′

Arvo Pärt: Festina lente for harp and strings (1986/1990)  7′

Ľuboš Bernáth: Lauda Sion. Motetus instrumentalis for strings (2015) 12′

Arvo Pärt: Summa for string orchestra (1977/1991)  6′

James MacMillan: Seraph for trumpet and strings (2010)  15′

Dominika Kvardová, harp

Vít Otáhal, trumpet

Ensemble Opera Diversa, leader Jan Bělohlávek, conducted by Gabriela Tardonová.

Photo from archive of the ensemble



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