Glagolitic Mass

Wed 26 July


Natalya Romaniw soprano

Susan Bickley mezzo-soprano*

Claudia Huckle contralto

Daniel Norman tenor

Ashley Riches bass

Christopher Allsop organ

Three Choirs Festival Chorus

Philharmonia Orchestra

Frank Beermann conductor


Strauss Metamorphosen

Torsten Rasch A Welsh Night* (version premiere)

Janáček Glagolitic Mass


Janáček’s towering Glagolitic Mass is in turns raw, triumphant and affirmational. After its Prague premiere, Janáček wrote that he ‘did not take the path trodden by slippers… we were a fresh spring breeze’. Similarly heartfelt is Strauss’ Metamorphosen, an anguished elegy to a ruined Europe in the closing months of WW2. The premiere of Torsten Rasch’s orchestration of his song cycle A Welsh Night (first performed at the festival in 2015) takes an altogether more private tone, setting lines of fond remembrance from Welsh poet Alun Lewis. 

You can listen to Janáček's Glagolitic Mass HERE (YouTube link)


Supported by the Elmley Foundation




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