Saturday 7 June 2014
St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds
Cantique de Jean Racine
Poulenc: Litanies à la Vierge Noire
Camilla Jeppeson soprano
Heather Jill Burns mezzo-soprano
Callum Thorpe baritone
Bury Bach Choir
Philip Reed conductor
The major work in this concert of French music is the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré. Of the many settings of the Requiem, this is probably the most widely loved. This eloquent piece has a unique purity and directness of expression that make it a firm favourite with audiences. It has no sense of doom or angst but rather depicts the reaching for eternal happiness. Warm and comforting, this work is a rare gem in the French repertoire. Prepare to be profoundly moved by the intimacy and ethereal beauty of this humble and elegant masterpiece.
Written sixty years later in 1947, the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé fuses the unique language of plainsong with sensuous harmonies and tranquil melody, bringing us a work infused with timelessness and meditative spirituality. The central Pie Jesu is electrifying and as we reach In Paradisum the sense of peace and hope expressed throughout the piece comes to a truly breathtaking conclusion.
Two other short favourites of the French repertoire complete this concert. The music throughout is uplifting and profoundly satisfying and whether or not you know these pieces, we can guarantee a wonderful evening. Do come.
Ticket prices £20 and £16 reserved, £12 unreserved
Possible concert dates and venues
Saturday 6 November 2021
The Apex, Charter Square
Saturday 18 December 2021
The Church of St Peter and St Paul, Lavenham
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