Ondrej Olos

Easter Concert

Thursday, March 28, 2024, 7:00 PM, Season Cycle A
Concert Hall of SPh,
Price: 20, 16 €
Slovak Philharmonic
Slovak Philharmonic Choir
Ondrej Olos conductor
Jan Rozehnal choirmaster
Eva Hornyáková soprano
Jana Kurucová mezzosoprano
Pavol Bršlík tenor
David Szendiuch bass
Antonín Dvořák
Stabat Mater, Op. 58

The popularity of Dvořák’s work at the end of the 19th century was not limited to his native Bohemia. In 1884, the composer was invited to London where he triumphantly conducted his oratorio Stabat Mater. He composed the work in 1876/1877, when he was experiencing the most tragic period of his life due to the death of three children. Stabat mater is not only an extremely evocative setting to music of Jacopone da Todi’s text about the suffering of a mother whose son dies on the cross, but it is also a timeless statement about human sorrow and hope. A characteristic feature of the composition is its unusually noble, thoughtfully serious musical expression, without superficial effects. Although the oratorio’s text speaks of the shadowy aspects of human existence, the overall impact of the work is rather positive, bringing faith in life. This optimism in difficult times is typical for Dvořák. The orchestra, choir, and quartet of soloists will be led by the experienced Slovak conductor Ondrej Olos. The soloists are surely well-known to both the Bratislava and European public, as they regularly perform key roles in several opera houses.