Venue Great Hall
Running time 150 minutes
Tickets £19 | Students and Under 16 £7.50
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Next date 14th April 7:30 pm
This concert combines 2 very different Requiems: Maurice Duruflé’s of 1947 and Karl Jenkins’ of 2005. Both are based on the traditional Latin mass for the dead, but both depart in various ways from that tradition – and both are instantly appealing.
For this concert, Dartington Community Choir’s director of music Simon Capet brings together two very different Requiems, first performed more than half a century apart.
Duruflé’s lyrical interpretation moves away , like Fauré’s Requiem half a century earlier, from the traditional emphasis on tragic anguish and the dramatic horror of hell, into something more spiritually serene, blending Gregorian plainchant, which Duruflé loved, with the sensuous harmonies of Fauré, Debussy and Ravel, and also with Renaissance contrapuntal techniques and hints of contemporary opera. Lyrical and gentle, this mass leaves out the terrifying Dies Irae (day of judgment) section of the traditional requiem mass, concentrating instead on a gentler impression of forgiveness, consolation and faith.
Karl Jenkins’ Requiem is, like most of his work, an unashamed multicultural melting pot of ideas and musical styles. It even includes a Japanese flute in the orchestration and 5 Japanese funeral poems in the form of haikus sung in Japanese, and the ferocious Dies Irae – in the greatest possible contrast to Duruflé’s omission of this section – actually has a hip -hop beat. Hugely popular, like Jenkins’ other works, his Requiem topped the classical music charts of 2005.
The choir will perform under the direction of its conductor and music director Simon Capet, accompanied by Dartington Sinfonietta, with Peter King (organist) and Clive Bell (shakuhachi).
For more information, see www.dartington-community-choir.co.uk.
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