Music for the One God
MUSIC OF THE THREE WORLD RELIGIONS
Beautiful above ground
… In view of the great concert in the Philharmonie with more than 100 musicians who united music from Judaism, Christianity and Islam from the Middle Ages to the Baroque as one “Music for The One God”, one would like to believe that music itself is paradise. For what could be more paradisiacal than the sublime beauty that emerges from the interplay of supposedly different cultures, which on this evening in the Philharmonie asserts itself as a common culture, without denying any differences? (Dirk Wagner, Süddeutsche Zeitung)
Wonderful unity of religions
… Thus a spirituality succeeded in the hall, which was dedicated to the idea of the monotheistic God and, despite all cultural differences, in the end made a unity between Islam, Jewishness and Christianity not only obvious, but palpable with through-composed flowing transitions… a touching, cleverly conceived, artistically perfect, three-hour evening arose, which released one into the night in a world-embracing atmosphere…(Adrian Prechtel, Abendzeitung)
150 musicians, instrumentalists, singers and soloists perform the sacred music of Muslims, Christians and Jews together.
Church choirs of different denominations, lay choirs of different migration groups, internationally renowned artists and soloists speak a common language at the concert that stands for one thing: RESPECT.
Once upon a time there was a Protestant songbook, the Geneva Psalter and a Polish composer named Wojciech Bobowski. He was kidnapped by Tartars in the 17th century and his trace as a music slave can be found in the Sultan’s seraglio. There he not only secretly wrote down the music of his environment, but also the melodies from the Geneva Psalter flowed unnoticed into the repertoire not only of the churches, but also of the mosques and synagogues. Credo is a soul-touching collage of the music of the three monotheistic world religions of the 17th and 18th centuries. Bobowski’s psalms, later called Ali Ufki, are joined by contemporary sacred music by Vivaldi, Bach, Pergolesi, a complete dervish ceremony and songs by Sephardic Jews, Orthodox and Assyrian Christians. In the praise of the one creator God, we can experience immediately: it unites us more than divides us.
Music for the One God was supported by the European Union and the Turkish State Ministry of Culture as part of the programme “The Civil Society Facility- EU -Turkey Intercultural Dialogue: Culture & Arts”.
“It was a fascinating evening in which European and Oriental sounds of the 17th and 18th centuries combined to form a sophisticated collage. Works by Vivaldi, Pergolesi and Bach merged, often gently merging, organically with dervish or synagogue chants. Byzantine choral sequences found their continuation in Muslim Sufi choral interludes or European Cantilena Sacra motets – always under the aspect of the love of peace and the harmonious coexistence of all cultures and religions.” (Saarbrücker Newspaper)
Complete concert from Munich Philharmonic hall here: