Good Friday Music Festival, Baden-Baden 2015
Letter from conductor Sir Simon Rattle
Thank you so much for wonderful Strauss, Schubert and Berlioz!
Much love to everyone!
Schubert translated Goethe's "Gesang der Geister über den Wassern" (Song of the Spirits over the Waters) into a piece for male-voice octet and strings. The male singers of the Vienna Philharmonia Chorus formed the centrepiece, giving a beautiful and acoustically transparent performance of Schubert's eight-piece choral movement. Their interpretation was precise and subtle, skilfully accentuating key words to lend the piece a solemn aura.