Allegri, Fauré, Dvorak, MacMillan
Saturday 25 March 2017
Bath Bach Choir presents four Dramatically Contrasting Sacred Masterpieces. The music comprises Allegri’s Miserere,1630s, whose haunting tones are instantly recognisable even to those who know little sacred choral music. The work is famous for the five spine-tingling moments when the solo soprano hits a high C. Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine, 1865, is one of his best loved works with rich harmonies and the beauty of the flowing accompaniment. Dvorak’s Mass in D, 1887, a romantic gem which Slavic edginess meets mellifluous, Brahmsian melodies. James MacMillan’s Cantos Sagrados,1990, – sacred songs – are edge-of-the-seat settings of three modern secular poems about political repression in South America, coupled with traditional sacred Latin texts.This piece is challenging and intense.
Dvorak wrote the Mass in D for his friend and patron Josef Hlavka. Brahms wrote: “The fellow has more ideas than any of us.” Some of these evolved into the wonderful, folkloric choruses you may be hearing for the first time. MacMillan a favourite of Bath Bach Choir, having performed several of his works including the south-west premiere of his St John Passion. This piece is challenging and intense, both to sing and to listen to, but MacMillan’s musical language is immediate, personal and open. Tickets from www.bathbachchoir.org.uk