70 years after its first performance Duruflé’s Requiem continues to haunt: a Mass for the dead; a plainsong-inflected comfort to the living. Bernstein contemplates comfort too – but only after a toe-tapping take on Psalm 100 that will raise the roof! This programme also includes music with a Hebrew influence by the American composer Eric Whitacre.
Bernstein Chichester Psalms
Whitacre Five Hebrew Love Songs
Bristol Choral Society
Hilary Campbell Conductor
Ian Tindale Organ
Anne Denholm Harp
Oliver Butterworth Percussion
Simon Ponsford Countertenor
Stephanie Seeney Mezzo Soprano
Nick Beever Baritone
Duruflé’s Requiem is a setting that stands outside time; a work floating free of gravity in a world shaped by the supple fluidity of plainsong. Where better then to experience its affecting reconciliation of ancient and modern than beneath the soaring vaults of Bristol’s great Augustinian foundation? Raising the curtain is Leonard Bernstein’s very different homage to his Jewish roots where jazz and a hint of the blues mingle with a potent amalgamation of affirmation and anxiety. Harp and percussion lend pungent Old Testament colouring bringing us full circle in a season that opened with Walton’s equally exotic ‘Belshazzar’, and ends in a summertime encounter with the eternal that promises to be out of this world!
Tickets cost £11 to £24.73. Under-25s £5. Senior citizens 10% discount. Available online from Bristol Choral Society (via the Three Choirs Festival website)
or call 01452 768928 (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm)
or from Colston Hall (0844 887 1500 or in person Monday to Saturday 10am – 6pm)