The Night Will Descend – A Musical Journey into Dusk and Night

2023-12-07 03:00:00

“The night will descend” – the mixed choir of the Waidhofen singing and music association had given their concert this motto. In the baroque ambience of the town parish church, one of the region’s best amateur choirs presented songs for dusk and night.

To get in the mood for the evening, choir director Ilse Bernhard invited concertgoers to sing along to the canon “Evening Silence Everywhere”. In the songs of early, high and late Romantic composers such as Johannes Brahms (“Nachtigall sag”) and Engelbert Humperdinck (“Evening when I go to sleep”) and of contemporary composers such as Lorenz Maierhofer (“Dreaming”) or Harry Woods (“When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain”), the focus is often on the moon, the nightingale is admired, sleep is longed for and dreams are fantasized. A Native American song, “Evening Rise,” was also performed, accompanied by muted drum beats. Between the pieces of music, Elisabeth Adamowitsch recited poetry by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Theodor Storm, Christian Morgenstern and other poets.

The soprano Katharina Tschakert and the pianist Magdalena Panagl offered highlights in the concert as soloists and in a duo for voice and piano.

Photo: Monika Freisel

Solo soprano Katharina Tschakert used her brilliant voice in songs such as “Guten Abend, gut’ Nacht” by Johannes Brahms, “Mondnacht” by Robert Schumann, Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” from the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” or “Night and Dreams” by Franz Schubert can be heard. The great singer was accompanied by Magdalena Panagl on the piano. The pianist also gave a solo performance and interpreted the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata with empathy and restrained dynamics.

The audience gave enthusiastic applause for the great performance of the choir and soloists.

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