A fitting choice for the opening concert: Sinfonietta Riga opened the third Lux aeterna Festival by performing meditative music by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.
Olivier Latry is one of the most distinguished concert organists in the world. On the brand new organ of the Elbphilharmonie he played works by deeply religious composer Olivier Messiaen.
Irish folk played with the precise sound of a chamber music formation: Despite its deep roots in Irish folk music tradition The Gloaming from Ireland has developed a very distinct, modern sound.
Japanese Noh theatre met European music; Buddhist and Christian world views collided: Benjamin Britten’s »Curlew River« fluctuates between insanity and redemption beliefs. The work featured Ian Bostridge in the lead role as »Madwoman«.
Vintage cinema met early music: vocal ensemble, The Orlando Consort, brought along beautiful music to accompany the film classic from 1928 »Jeanne d’Arc«.
Salaputia Brass and the Belgian trumpeter Jeroen Berwaerts united religious and spiritual works from the Renaissance to jazz. They played together at Kulturkirche Altona.
Electronic artist John Chantler swept the audience off its feet with transformed sounds from the new Elbphilharmonie pipe organ.
Now in its third year, Lux aeterna – a »music festival for the soul« – combined sounds, styles and works that revolved around spirituality and transcendence. The Elbphilharmonie and Hamburg’s biggest orchestras and churches joined forces once again to deliver an eclectic programme over three weeks in February 2017. Featured works and artists include: a homage to composer Arvo Pärt, the mindfulness opera »Lost in Thought« and Benjamin Britten’s »Curlew River« with Ian Bostridge in the title role.
Lux aeterna 2017 is now over.