Fauré Requiem

Fauré Requiem

Saturday 13th November 2021

7:30 pm

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Monet, The Church at Varengeville, 1882, via Wikimedia Commons
Fauré’s austere and moving Requiem combines a deep reverence for its subject, great understanding of the text and an enduring musical simplicity that allows it to enjoy an a uniquely hallowed position in the pantheon of great choral works.
 
A renowned organist and teacher, Fauré’s compositions are imbued with an intimacy and subtly at odds with his more vainglorious contemporaries. His is a voice of contemplation and solitude, utterly at ease with itself; in many ways the perfect music for our time.
 
Such craft is, however, not unique to Fauré’s Requiem and our concert will showcase three of his shorter works – the evergreen Cantique de Jean Racine, the less familiar Tantum Ergo op. 55 and his seminal Pavanne – in addition to works by Lili Boulanger.
 
Boulanger was a prodigiously talented pupil of Fauré, who became the first female composer to win the prestigious Pris de Rome in 1913. Tragically, she suffered ill-health throughout her life, and died at the age of just 24.
 
Baritone Robert Davies
Soprano Alice Gribbin 
Organ Andrew Wells
 
Tickets £17 | £15 concessions | £5 students/under 18s