Hiller – Destruction of Jerusalem


Gudrun Sidonie Otto – Soprano
Annette Markert – Alto
Patrick Grahl – Tenor
Tobias Hunger – Tenor
Daniel Ochoa – Baritone

GewandhausChor Leipzig
Vocalconsort Leipzig
camerata lipsiensis
Gregor Meyer - Conductor


„Hiller's „Destruction of Jerusalem“ („Zerstörung Jerusalems“) was a valuable rediscovery“ - this is what the press said about the musical piece of this CD. In his lifetime, Ferdinand Hiller (1811-1885) was a well-known personality in the german-speaking musical world. After his death however, he and his highly romantic Oevre fell into oblivion.

One of his most successful works was the oratorio „Destruction of Jerusalem“ („Die Zerstörung Jerusalems“). The first performance by Hiller himself took place in the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, before it became popular throughout all european concert halls. Later, this stunning piece disappeared from the programmes and was not performed for more than one hundred years.

Only in november last year, it was brought to life again where it had its première as part of a radioproduction of the camerata lipsiensis, together with the Gewandhaus choir and Vocalconsort Leipzig, directed by Gregor Meyer. The recording of the concert is now available on CD.