Australian Chamber Choir | Fauré Requiem – Terang
24 April 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AEST
This program is dedicated to people all over the world who have lost loved ones to COVID-19.
In January 2020, the Australian Chamber Choir won accolades for its True Romantics program, music primarily from the Romantic era, performed in Melbourne, Sydney and regional Victoria.
‘this extraordinary concert … was breathtakingly moving. There were tears …’ Melbourne Review, 4 July 2018
‘one of the finest concerts in Sydney this year’ ClassikON, 25 September 2018
‘the ensemble delivered elegant lines that spun into eternity, whispered phrases that built to anguished cries and fully realised the power, glory and reverence of the music.’ SoundsLike Sydney, 16 September 2018
In 2021, the ACC revisits the Romantic period with Fauré’s Requiem. Gabriel Fauré said he wrote this work purely ‘for the pleasure of it’ and unlike many Requiems, the work is imbued with a sense of warmth and optimism, from the Hostias for solo baritone, through the purity of the much loved Pie Jesu soprano solo to the memorable In Paradisum, with its magical harp accompaniment.
Renowned for his imaginative programming, Artistic Director, Douglas Lawrence combines this unconventional Requiem with a striking work for choir and solo cello by Sir John Tavener (1944–2013). Fauré’s instrumentation sounds all the more luscious after the austerity of Tavener’s Svyati (1995) for choir and solo cello. The text of this work, in Church Slavonic is sometimes heard as part of Eastern Orthodox funeral services.
John Tavener (1944_2013) Svyati (1995) for choir and solo cello
Johannes Brahms (1833-97) The Motet Schaffe in mir Gott
Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924) Requiem Op 48 (1888 chamber version)
Sunday 18 April at 3PM The Scots’ Church, Melbourne
Sunday 25 April at 3PM St John’s, Flinders*
Saturday 1 May at 3PM Church of the Resurrection, Macedon*
More dates to be announced