Bristol Choral Society 2016-17 Concert Season
Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol
whitacre - Five Hebrew Love Songs
Bernstein – Chichester Psalms
Durufle – Requiem
Bristol Choral Society
Ian Tindale – Organ
Anne Denholm – Harp
Oliver Butterworth – Percussion
Simon Ponsford (Counter Tenor)
Stephanie Seeney (Mezzo Soprano)
Nick Beevor (Baritone)
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!
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!