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Toward the Dawn: Songs of Night and Light and the Half-Light

Friday October 26, 2012 at 19:30
St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, London
£12 (£10 concessions) in advance; £15 (£10 concessions) on the door
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  1. Night - György Ligeti
  2. Draw on, sweet night - John Wilbye
  3. Distant Thunder - Judith Bingham
  4. My soul, there is a country, from 6 Songs of Farewell - Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
  5. There is sweet music, from 4 Part Songs Op 53 - Sir Edward Elgar
  6. Te lucis ante terminum I - Thomas Tallis
  7. An Evening Hymn - Kenneth Leighton
  8. Nacht und Träume D 827 - Franz Schubert, arranged by Clytus Gottwald
  9. Toutes les nuits - Orlande de Lassus
  10. He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven - Howard Skempton
  11. Owls, from 4 Part Songs Op 53 - Sir Edward Elgar
  12. Mate saule - Peteris Vasks
  13. Ecco mormorar l’onde - Claudio Monteverdi
  14. O radiant dawn, from Strathclyde Motets - James MacMillan
  15. Dum transisset Sabbatum I - John Taverner
  16. Morning - György Ligeti

Londinium’s beautiful programme of unaccompanied choral music traces a lyrical journey from the half-light of dusk, through the dreams of deepest night, to the radiance of morning. Nightfall is shadowy and threatening (Ligeti’s Night, Judith Bingham’s Distant Thunder and Tallis’s Te Lucis ante Terminum) but also provides a peaceful sanctuary from the cares of life (Wilbye’s Draw on Sweet Night), with rich metaphors of the afterlife (Parry’s My Soul there is a Country and Leighton’s Evening Hymn). Night itself is the time of dreaming, and dreams can be uplifting (Schubert’s Nacht und Träume and Howard Skempton’s He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven), seductive (Orlando di Lasso’s Toutes les nuits) or full of the fears and terrors of the night (Elgar’s haunting Owls). But soon morning rises (Peteris Vasks’ evocative Mate Saule), the soft, light day emerges (Monteverdi’s Ecco mormorar l’onde), the radiant dawn brings with it intimations of eternal light (James MacMillan’s O Radiant Dawn), and the concert closes with the busy daytime sounds of Ligeti’s Morning.

St Sepulchre-without-Newgate
Junction of Holborn Viaduct and Giltspur Street
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