5 Sep20:00UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, EssenSalzlager
6 Sep18:00Mercatorhalle Duisburg, DuisburgMercatorhalle Duisburg
17 Sep20:00Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal, WuppertalHistorische Stadthalle Wuppertal
18 Sep–18 Sep20:00 – 22:30Konzerthaus Dortmund, DortmundKonzerthaus Dortmund
19 Sep20:00Zeche Zweckel, GladbeckMaschinenhalle
Chorwerk Ruhr celebrates its 20th anniversary by presenting one of the most important and extravagant choral works in the history of music: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s Elijah. Mendelssohn’s oratorio is based on the Old Testament story of the prophet Elijah. The material is intensely dramatic – from the terrible curse Elijah pronounces when God appears to his final ascension into Heaven. So it is no surprise that the music composition contains operatic features.
It is a fascinating work because of the special way it links recitative, arias and choruses and the variety of its choral movements: contrapuntal passages, in parts fugue or canon-like, alternate with homophone movements and forms of choral movement. Mendelssohn makes full use of all the means at his disposal to create choral scenes with thrilling dramatic effects.
In this production conducted by Florian Helgath, Chorwerk Ruhr will work together with the outstanding Concerto Köln. The soloists are Carolina Ullrich, Ingeborg Danz, Patrick Grahl and Thomas E. Bauer.
A production by CHORWERK RUHR for Ruhrtriennale 2020.