Kris Oelbrandt – Peace Cantata

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On Sunday, November 4th, the chamber choir ‘Ad Parnassum’ will bring the world premiere of Kris Oelbrandt’ ‘Peace Cantata’. The concert will be the Koningshoeven Abbey at 15h. The conductor will be Anthony Zielhorst and soloists are Berend Eijkhout (Baritone) and Quirine Viersen (Cello)…     

‘Peace Cantata’ is a new work by Kris Oelbrandt, a monk in the abbey of Koningshoeven. His composition focuses on 100 years of the Great War and wants to give a positive view on this. Oelbrandt wants his composition to be about hope, a composition that does not lead to division, but to a connection. In this Cantata the language of the parties at war is set to three poems in three languages: German, French and English…

Berend Eijkhout (Baritone)

Peter in Gethsemane from Easter reflections – Eddie Askew (1927-2007)
Ich möchte liebesfähig signal from Du hast mein Dunkel surveyed 1984 – Sabine Naegeli (* 1948)
L’espérance from Le porche du mystère de la deuxième vertu, (1912) – Charles Péguy (1873-1914)
With these texts Oelbrandt generates a dramatic structure:
1. pain that remains after the battle (Askew);
2. confess that God’s love is greater than ours (Naegeli);
3. God’s astonishment that we always keep hoping (Péguy).

‘Peace Cantata’ is a work for baritone solo, cello solo and mixed choir of about 20 minutes. The cello solo is reminiscent of the cellist who is playing lonely between the ruins of Sarajevo, in the war that raged there at the end of the 20th century. And so the composition also begins: a lamentation rises from the instrument, desolation and sadness in the emotional melody. The baritone joins in with this: even though the human wounds seem to be healed, is his trauma also healed?

Quirine Viersen (cello)

The second part starts by the choir a cappella: only from love, we can give meaning to life. Love realizes the beautiful things in life, while man himself is inclined to break down that beauty. This theme will be elaborated in dialogue with the baritone soloist.

In the third part, God speaks through the baritone – in a dialogue with choir and cello – his wonder about the power of hope, culminating in a fascinating sound of the three performing parties: Espérance immortelle – immortal hope.

Concert (sold out)
Peace Cantata at Donemus

Chamber choir ‘Ad Parnassum’