Unusual works in Bocholt

German Rhine Philharmonic, Song of Praise

Two unusual works for choir and orchestra

Sunday Oct 8, 2017, 18:00 p.m., Bocholt

The German Rhine Philharmonic and the Madrigalchor der Stadt Bocholt perform two powerful works for choir and orchestra.


German Rhine Philharmonic, Madrigalchor der Stadt Bocholt

A concert by Madrigalchor der Stadt Bocholt and the German Rhine Philharmonic

Joachim Raff 1822-1882
DIE TAGESZEITEN (Daytimes) op. 209 for vocals, violin and piano op. 154 (1856)
Concertante in four movements with words by Helga Heldt for choir, piano and orchestra (1877-78)

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy 1809-1847
LOBGESANG (Song of Praise) op. 52
Symphonic cantata for soli, choir and orchestra (1840)


Joachim Raff, a student of Listz and born 1822 in Switzerland, worked as a teacher and composer in Wiesbaden and Frankfurt am Main until his death in the year 1882. He wrote 12 symphonies and numerous dulcet piano works that are almost forgotten nowadays. In 1878, with his “Daytimes”, the composer achieved a particular success and created a new form of expression, a mixture of an oratory and a virtuoso piano concert. Raff’s doughter Helene wrote the libretto on the succession of midday, evening, night and morning.


Felix Mendelssohn’s “Lobgesang” (Song of Praise) holds an exceptional position in music written for choirs: The piece starts like a symphony. Only after 20 minutes the choir takes the initiative with the powerful exclamation of “Alles, was Odem hat, lobe den Herrn!” (“All who breathe, praise the Lord!”). The praise of the Lord as well as God’s loyality to his faithful servants and finally the raising of God’s people from darkness into the light, all of that are the topics the composer devotes himself to within this work of almost one hour duration. The chorale “Now thank all God” generates the simple but dramatic climax shortly befor the end.


Madrigalchor der Stadt Bocholt

Madrigalchor der Stadt Bocholt



Laura Zeiger, soprano
Katharina Fulda, mezzo soprano
Bumsoo Kim, tenor
Rainer Maria Klaas, piano

German Rhine Philharmonic
directed by Desar Sulejmani (Raff) and Rainer M. Klaas (Mendelssohn)
Madrigalchor der Stadt Bocholt

Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche, Am Kreuzberg 2, Bocholt
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Tickets: 20 EUR / 10 EUR
available at: BBV, Europaplatz 26, 46399 Bocholt
Pfarrbüro Liebfrauen, Tel. 02871 –  239 08 – 0
Concert box office

An event by Freundeskreis des Madrigalchors Bocholt e.V. in cooperation with Fachbereich Kultur und Bildung der Stadt Bocholt.