Marcel Tyberg (January 27, 1893, Vienna, Austria - December 31, 1944, Auschwitz)
PentaTone Classics PTC5186584
(SACD Hybrid)
South Dakota Chorale
Brian A. Schmidt, conductor
Christopher Jacobson, Organ
November 18, 2016


Tyberg Project Concert Preview

Saturday, October 22 2016
Duke Chapel
401 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC (27708)

Marcel Tyberg was an Austrian-born composer living in Abbazio, Italy (modern day Croatia) in the mid 20th-century.
Fearing he may be persecuted due to his Jewish ancestry (he was 1/16th Jewish) and rumors of the Nazi Gestapo coming into their region, he gave his compositions to a trusted friend, Dr. Milan Mihich, who handed them down to his son Enrico.
The music was kept in Enrico's basement for decades and only recently heard in the last 10 years when the Buffalo Philharmonic performed and recorded the symphonies.
Tyberg's choral music (only 2 Masses exist today) has not been heard and will receive its modern premiere when the South Dakota Chorale revives these works in January 2016.
One night in 1943, mere days before he was arrested by the Gestapo and sent to his death at Auschwitz, Viennese composer Marcel Tyberg played a radiant and deeply moving private concert on a church organ for an intimate audience.

The South Dakota Chorale bring this astonishing story with them to Durham. Under the direction of Brian Schmidt (who also leads Duke Chapel’s resident Vespers Ensemble), the Chorale has established a sterling international reputation.
Gramophone praised the ensemble’s “warmth of sound and sonority that is not only notably varied in tone and color, but is all but perfect in blend, ensemble, and intonation.”
The twenty-four singers of the Chorale join Duke Chapel’s organist Christopher Jacobson in rescuing Marcel Tyberg’s Two Masses for Choir and Organ from the ashes.
The Masses are late romantic works on a grand symphonic scale, reminiscent of the music of Tyberg’s compatriots Mahler and Bruckner, with lush harmonic coloring and sweeping melodic gestures.