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Music in Temples: Bach & Godár

The tones of Bach and Godar’s Magnificat will sound in the Holy Saviour Church in Bratislava on the third Sunday in March

The Slovak Chamber Orchestra will open the Music in Temples cycle here at 3 p.m. The concert in the Jesuit Church together with the chamber orchestra will be performed by the Lúčnica Choir under the direction of the choirmaster Elena Matúšová and members of the Slovak Philharmonic Choir.

The music of Mary’s hymn from the Gospel of Luke (Magnificat anima mea Dominum… – My soul praises the Lord…) has a long tradition. Johann Sebastian Bach’s Magnificat is one of his most played choral works. Massive choirs, colourful arias, impressive melody and sound grandeur have been subduing their listeners for almost three centuries. One of the leading pioneers of postmodern music in Slovakia, Vladimír Godár, wrote his Magnificat in 2003.

Come on March 20 to enjoy the sublime music in the impressive premises and transfer to a completely different world for one afternoon.

Elena Matušová is the artistic leader of the Lúčnica Choir, which interprets songs across genres with an emphasis on works inspired by Slovak folk song. The Slovak Chamber Orchestra performs under the direction of Ewald Danel at the Slovak Philharmonic, festivals and tours at home and abroad and presents premieres of Slovak works. The history of the Slovak Philharmonic Choir dates back to 1946. It ranks among the best European ensembles of its kind, it takes a number of foreign tours every year and has a rich discography. His choirmaster is Jozef Chabroň.