Czech premiere of Tigran Mansurian’s “Requiem” to take place on January 23 and
24 at Besedni Dum in Brno. The composition will be performed within the
framework of the concert entitled “Bach and Mansurian”, Brno Filharmonie
reports. Besides Mansurian, sacred cantatas No. 32 (Dearest Jesus, my desire)
and No. 68 (God so loved the world) by J.S. Bach will be presented during the
concert. The concert will be presented by Brno Philharmonic under the lead of
Alexander Liebreich, Czech Ensemble Baroque Choir (choir director: Tereza
Válková), soprano Anja Petersen and baritone Andrew Redmond.
The most important Armenian composer of our time, Tigran Mansurian, wrote his
exceptionally forceful 2011 Requiem at the instigation of the conductor
Alexander Liebreich and dedicated it to the victims of the Armenian genocide.
Mansurjan’s ascetic setting features an organic fusion of the Orient and the
Occident: a liturgical text in Latin, more characteristic of Western culture,
and influences from the liturgical chants of the Orthodox Church and Eastern
folk music. The work was nominated for a Grammy in 2017 and honored by the
prestigious International Classical Music Awards 2018. Tigran Mansurian will be
attending the event.