s Pie Jesu – Collegium Vocale Gent

Collegium Vocale Gent


11/09/2018 — 20:00
Philharmonie | Berlin | DE
Antonin Dvorak [1841–1904]

Requiem op.89

Julia Kleiter soprano
Sophie Harmsen  mezzosoprano
Maximilian Schmitt tenor
Krešimir Stražanac bass
Konzerthausorchester Berlin
Philippe Herreweghe conductor


Pie Jesu

If there was one country where Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) saw his greatest successes, it was certainly England. In 1890, after performances of his immensely popular Stabat Mater, several symphonies and two oratorios to Czech texts, he started work on a new Latin composition commissioned by the Birmingham Festival, the Requiem op. 89. Why Dvořák choose to write a requiem mass precisely at a time when life was so good to him is food for speculation. Its almost positive mood of comfort and acceptance, with quiet grief outweighing any horror of the Day of Judgement, is striking and a stark contrast to how his contemporaries such as Berlioz and Verdi viewed the requiem.