Event type: Music Events26 May 2018 from 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
The New Zealand School of Music Orchestra joins Orpheus Choir for this special concert in the beautiful Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. The concert also features two acclaimed soloists from the NZSM classical voice department, Jenny Wollerman (soprano) and James Clayton (baritone).
Duruflé’s Requiem is often compared with Fauré’s Requiem from 70 years earlier, and not without some cause. But Duruflé’s work is unique in its use of Gregorian chant against modern orchestration. The combination gives the work exceptional inner drama and a melancholy and captivating gravity. Beautiful expression clashes with violence: the gentleness of the “Pie Jesu” contrasts magnificently with the strain and intensity of the “Libera me.” Duruflé’s Requiem delivers on the promise of peace, but it is won only after an intense spiritual struggle.
Dvořák’s faith was enlivened by his love of nature, and the music he wrote for his Te Deum has an earthiness not commonly found in the more celestial world of sacred music. With inspiration from Czech music and with hints of improvising peasant musicians, the work conjures images of a glorious outdoor festival with just a touch of the Slavic, pre-Christian past.
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