Few choral works are as beloved as Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem. The work’s popularity surely lies in its uniquely consoling music, following on from the composer’s view of death being ‘a joyful deliverance, an aspiration towards a happiness beyond the grave’.
Francis Poulenc’s Mass in G is one of the most important acappella works of the twentieth century. Witty, brilliant, yet also with great depth of feeling, Poulenc’s music invigorates the age old words of the mass with startling originality.
This concert of works by French masters also includes music by Debussy, Saint-Saens, Berlioz and Messiaen.
Soloists: Siobhán Stagg, soprano, Matt Thomas, Baritone
Organ: Christopher Cook
Musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music
- Pierre Villette (1926-1998) Hymne à la Vierge
- Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) Des pas dans l’allée
- Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Trois chansons de Charles d’Orleans
- Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) arr. Gottwald Sur les lagunes (from Les nuits d’été)
- Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
- Mass in G
- Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) O sacrum convivium
- Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) Requiem (1893 version)
St Mark’s Anglican Church, 250 George St Fitzroy
Sunday, 1 April 2012, 2.30 p.m.