Geraint Bowen conductor
When his new-born daughter Josefa died in 1875, Dvořák turned to thirteenth-century Stabat Mater texts for consolation. However, further tragedy followed in 1877 when his second daughter Ruzena and son Otakar also passed away, leaving Dvořák childless and ridden with grief.
Dvořák completed his own setting of the Stabat Mater that same year, and takes his audience on a journey through which the sorrow that dominates the first nine movements finally transforms into a promise of comfort and peace.
This concert is part of the Three Choirs Festival series