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Royal Choral Society | Duruflé's Requiem and other works

Saturday October 23, 2021 at 18:00
Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square, London
£30 (includes reserved seat, programme, interval drink), £20 (unreserved seating)
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  1. Requiem Op 9 - Maurice Duruflé
  2. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (How lovely are thy dwellings), from Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) Op 45 - Johannes Brahms, arranged by the composer for piano 4 hands, soloists and choir
  3. 18 Liebeslieder-Waltzer, for 4 part choir and piano 4 hands Op 52 - Johannes Brahms
  4. Gebet 'Du Urquell' D815 - Franz Schubert
  5. Vårnatt, from 2 poems by Oscar Levertin, for chorus and orchestra Op 30 - Wilhelm Stenhammar
  6. Suite No 2 for 2 pianos, arranged for piano duo Op 17 - Sergey Rachmaninov
    • Romance
    • Taratella

The Royal Choral Society presents a concert of choral gems from the Romantic era, including favourite works by Brahms and Duruflé, and lesser known works from Schubert and Stenhammar.

Brahms’s much-loved Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen, the fourth movement of his German Requiem, is a setting of Psalm 84: ‘How lovely is thy dwelling place’. His lyrical Liebeslieder (‘love song’) Waltzes for soloists and choir is accompanied by piano duet; Brahms’s own pianistic style touchingly characterises each of the short movements.

Schubert’s vocal quartet Gebet (‘Prayer’) is remarkable for its understated but deeply-inspired vocal and piano writing, and Stenhammar’s Vårnatt (‘Spring night’), is a favourite of Swedish choirs with its intense and uplifting final section.

In Duruflé’s Requiem, Gregorian chant is freely blended with rich harmonies, beauty and power – closer in spirit to Fauré than Verdi.

Interspersed between these works are the Romance and Tarantella from Rachmaninoff’s Suite for Two Pianos. Packed with his characteristically lush harmony and virtuosity, they represent the finest of the great pianist’s composing style.

Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square
146 Sloane Street
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