Saturday 11 Nov 2017 7:30pm
Part of Autumn Concerts
A concert of remembrance
Tavener Song for Athene 6’
Howells Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing 8’
Gurney Since I Believe in God 6’
Parry Songs of Farewell 35’
Schoenberg Friede auf Erden 8’
And music by Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Gurney and Judith Bingham
Nigel Short conductor
"For purity and precision of tone, and flawless intonation, Nigel Short’s chamber choir Tenebrae is pretty much unbeatable."
As the end of Great War commemorations draw closer the farewells, songs of remembrance and hymns for peace written in the twentieth century’s tumultuous opening decades together with elegies of our own time makes for a programme of solemn beauty and striking contrasts. An unbroken thread seems to tie these to music performed at the memorial service of John F Kennedy (Howell’s ravishing elegy) and the radiant Tavener anthem that so memorably concluded the funeral of Diana Princess of Wales some thirty years later.
"Tenebrae’s account of Parry’s Songs of Farewell abounds in subtleties of phrasing and telling distinctions of dynamic, yet flows beautifully, the textual narrative unfolding with a rare continuity and coherence. Technically the singing is impeccable without being at all effortful or studied…Huge credit to Nigel Short. Of this programme’s type, I can’t envisage hearing anything better."
BBC Music Magazine