Archive: Bernstein: Kaddish

Wien Musikverein Großer Saal Musikverein | Großer Saal


  • Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, violin
  • Carolyn Sampson, soprano
  • Ruth Brauer-Kvam, narrator
  • Wiener Singverein, choir
  • Johannes Prinz, choir master
  • Wiener Sängerknaben, choir
  • Gerald Wirth, choir master
  • Yutaka Sado, conductor


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Leonard Bernstein
Symphony No. 3 for Choir, Boy's Choir, Speaker, Soprano and Orchestra «Kaddish»

Kaddish: one of the most important Jewish prayers, spoken above all in remembrance of the dead and at the grave. «Kaddish» is also the name chosen by Leonard Bernstein for his expansive, moving Third Symphony. Dedicated to John F. Kennedy, who had been assassinated just a few weeks before the world premiere in 1963, the work offers a profound personal engagement with the Jewish tradition as well as with non-denominational crises of faith, with death, suffering and loss – and ends with a glimmer of hope. In 1977 Bernstein revised the work; since then it has managed to establish itself as one of his most compelling pieces in the concert hall. The boldest hopes also prevail in Beethoven’s only opera. In his great, third «Leonore» overture, which Yutaka Sado presents at the start of the concert, the whole plot, which concerns the rescue of an innocent man from prison, is summarised grippingly in symphonic form. After so much drama and passion, the bright purity of Mozart’s Violin Concerto in A Major KV 219 is just the tonic.

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Ludwig van Beethoven

«Leonore» Overture No. 3 op. 72b


  • Adagio - Allegro


14 Min.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A major KV 219


  • Allegro aperto - Adagio - Allegro aperto

  • Adagio

  • Rondeau. Tempo di Menuetto - Allegro - Tempo di Menuetto


29 Min.