Fauré's Requiem + Finsterer
- Date: Saturday, 12 April 2014, 7.30pm
- Venue: City Recital Hall Angel Place — 2 Angel Place, Sydney, NSW
- Tickets: Adults: $40 | Children: $30 | Concession: $30 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 8256 2222
Fauré’s beloved Requiem is more a lullaby of eternal rest than an expression of divine judgment: death as ‘an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience.’ This performance of the early, chamber orchestra version (faithful to the composer’s intentions) emphasises the sublime intimacy of this exquisite music. Stravinsky’s Mass, written in the 1940s, exhibits an austere, cool surface yet also a sense of profound religious insight. For once, Stravinsky was writing for himself, rather than on commission, and the overwhelming impression is of a work of art created out of inner necessity.
Mary Finsterer’s When Soft Voices Die is an exciting contemporary expression of the ancient tradition of composing music for the Christian liturgy. And reaching back across the centuries, Palestrina’s passionate and profound Music for Maundy Thursday unites the themes of sorrow, compassion and love.
Performers: Richard Gill - Conductor, Sydney Chamber Choir, The Metropolitan Orchestra, Belinda Montgomery - Soprano, Alexander Knight - Baritone
Featured non-Australian music: Gabriel Fauré Requiem, Igor Stravinsky Mass for choir and winds, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Music for Maundy Thursday – excerpts
Featured Australian Works
|When soft voices die : choir and cor anglais (2014) by Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Finsterer — World premiere|
— performed by Sydney Chamber Choir and Richard Gill
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