JOHANNES BRAHMS Excerpts from Four Quartets for choir and piano, op. 92 [»O schöne Nacht!«, »Spätherbst«], excerpts from Six Quartets for Choir and Piano, op. 112 [»Es rinnen die Wasser Tag und Nacht«, »Nights«]

GUSTAV MAHLER/CLYTUS GOTTWALD »Die zwei blauen Augen«, »Urlicht«

KAIJA SAARIAHO »Nuits, adieux«

FRANK MARTIN Excerpts from »Ariel Songs« [»Come unto these yellow sands«, »Full fathom five«, »Before you can say come and go«, »Where the bees suck, there suck I«]

LILI BOULANGER »Soir sur la plaine« for soprano, tenor, bass, four-part mixed choir and piano, »Hymne au soleil« for alto, four-part mixed choir and piano

SWR Vokalensemble

Olga Wien Piano

Yuval Weinberg Musical direction

Romantic calm, grisly figures, declarations of love by moonlight, melancholy in solitary darkness – the night has many faces, many connotations, many mysteries. It has inspired people to create magnificent works in all genres of art. The SWR vocal ensemble, with new principal conductor Yuval Weinberg, demonstrate the sheer magic of such nocturnal musical settings. Brahms's vocal quartets bring both idyllic declarations of love (»O schöne Nacht«) and eerie apparitions (»Nächtens«). Clytus Gottwald's choral arrangement of Mahler's »Urlicht« opens heaven's gates to the audience, and in »Nuits, adieux« Kaija Saariaho exploits the potential of the human voice to the full. The darkness of night ends with the sun on the horizon – sung with solemn reverence in Lili Boulanger's impressionistic masterpiece »Hymne au Soleil«.

The premiere of the SWR web concert will be broadcast exclusively on our Digital Stage and on SWR Classic. 

A production of SWR Classic in cooperation with the Ludwigsburg Festival.


dates and tickets


17 Jun