Regarded as one of the finest chamber choirs in the world, Berlin's RIAS Kammerchor will be performing in the National Concert Hall on 23rd November.
The choir, founded in 1948, consists of 35 professional singers and has an unrivalled reputation among Germany's professional choirs. It has been an ongoing partner of both the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic.
The choir has also premiered works by contemporary composers like Pierre Boulez, Hans Werner Henze, Boris Blacher, Mauricio Kagel, Paul Hindesmith, Ernst Krenek, and Aribert Reimann.
Joining them that night will be the Turkish-Swiss piano duo Ufuk and Bahar Dördüncü, who have worked with composers such as George Benjamin and Helmut Lachenmann as well as with acclaimed conductors including Armin Jordan, Zsolt Nagy and Alexander Schwink.
The sisters have been described as being 'equipped with flawless technique, delivering vigorous and evocative performance, displaying breathtaking virtuosity and great creativity, evidenced in every performance'.
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The concert programme is built around Brahms' two sets of Liebeslieder waltzes on the subject of love. Accompanied by both Dördüncü sisters on the piano, the waltzes capitalised upon two musical trends of the 1800s: dances that were played by piano duet and vocal pieces on the subject of love.
The two groups of songs were intended to appeal to audiences by being light and unpretentious.
Placed in-between Brahms' work are songs about love that were specially devised by Justin Doyle who has been its chief conductor since 2017. These songs are from a range of 20th century composers and Dvorˇák's exhilarating Slavonic Dances in their original piano duet versions.
More details about the concert can be found here.