More than 1500 attendees got the chance to enjoy the extraordinary collaboration between the female voices (soprano and alto) of the National Chamber Choir “Madrigal – Marin Constantin” and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Ion Marin. The out-of-this-world vocal-symphonic concert, which took place on Sunday, November 17, in the majestic Laeiszhalle Concert Hall in Hamburg (Germany), is called Doppelfenster: Beethoven und Pergolesi (Double window: Beethoven and Pergolesi). The audience was delighted with an art form to reiterate the music polyvalence, the concert being part of the vast cultural diplomacy action supported for over 56 years by the National Chamber Choir “Madrigal – Marin Constantin”.
“I am very pleased with the collaboration of these two ensembles and their sonority, which was transposed into the concert. The Madrigal Choir is an ensemble I know very well, and I have been a guest conductor at the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra since 2014. Using a choir with lead features instead of lead voices , you can also use a symphony orchestra, thus showing the monumental feature of “Stabat Mater”, which was considered a brilliant miniature for decades, written by a composer with a very short life, but with a harmonious courage and an impressive music talent”, said conductor Ion Marin.
After the audience listened to Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 36 by Ludwig van Beethoven during the first part, the musical journey continued with Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, brought to life by the Madrigal Choir and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. One of the most heart-warming sacred music masterpieces in a unique concert setup and the warm sonority of the 12 troubling fragments, inspired by the poem Stabat Mater Doloros – a Catholic Hymn from the 13th century – were the key elements in offering a highly appreciated musical experience.
“The Madrigal Choir hosted by the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra is a real moment of cultural diplomacy. The legendary Romanian Choir will leave its mark on one of the most known and beautiful concert hall in Hamburg, a European cultural centre. Under the guidance of conductor Ion Marin and with the Madrigal Choir’s unique sound, Romania gets another round of applause and extra points for the image of a country in which high level culture is a permanent element”, said Emil Pantelimon, Manager of the National Chamber Choir “Madrigal – Marin Constantin”.
In December, the National Chamber Choir “Madrigal – Marin Constantin” will have two more special concerts on Christmas, at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, on December 7 and 8. Because it is one of the most sought after musical moments of the year, the tickets for the first evening were sold-out. Once again, the tradition of welcoming the winter holidays with to the famous group will bring this year hundreds of children from the Cantus Mundi National Program on the Athenaeum’s stage. Tickets are available in the bilete.ro network.
The National Chamber Choir “Madrigal – Marin Constantin” is a representation of the Romanian and universal music life. Since its foundation, in 1963, by conductor Marin Constantin (1925-2011), the Madrigal Choir had more than 4500 concerts appreciated worldwide, thus becoming a real “national brand”. It is one of the world standards for chamber choir music, with a repertoire targeted towards European Renaissance, Byzantine music and both Romanian and universal contemporary pieces. In November 2016, the National Chamber Choir “Madrigal – Marin Constantin” has been officially acknowledged as the Ambassador of Freedom, Hope and Peace, through the “Jess Nussbaum and Eleanor Roosevelt” award at the UN Palace in Geneva, within the Global Summit on Religion, Peace and Security. In 2019, the National Chamber Choir “Madrigal – Marin Constantin” celebrated 56 years of uninterrupted existence, thus becoming one of the longest existing choir ensembles.