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UNIVERSITY CHOIR & UNIVERSITY PHILHARMONIA
THIS PERFORMANCE TOOK PLACE IN 2009 Venue: Albert Hall, Nottingham Sarah Tenant-Flowers & Jonathan Tilbrook, conductors Rebecca von Lipinski, soprano Wendy Dawn Thompson, mezzo-soprano William Berger, baritone SZYMANOWSKI Stabat Mater NOVÁK In the Tatra Mountains TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet - Fantasy Overture DVORÁK Te Deum Religious mysticism, nationalism, pantheism, doomed love and a celebration of the human thirst for discovery are themes that are explored in this fascinatingly diverse programme. Szymanowski’s too-rarely heard Stabat Mater - his first composition on a religious text - synthesizes responses to the Polish folk music and landscape that he experienced in the 1920s in the area around Zakopane in the Polish Tatras. Twenty years earlier - on the other side of the mountain range, the Czech, Vitezslav Novák, made his own response to this beautiful and awe-inspiring region, with his wonderfully evocative symphonic poem In the Tatra Mountains. Dvorák was commissioned to compose a work to mark the four hundredth anniversary of Columbus’s discovery of America but, in the absence of a suitable text being sent to him, he elected to compose a celebratory setting of the ‘Te Deum laudamus’ for performance in New York in 1892. The programme is completed with Tchaikovsky’s devastating portrayal of the ‘star-cross’d lovers’, Romeo and Juliet. The concert finishes at approximately 9.20pm