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Commotio's Lent Concert

Saturday March 9, 2024 at 19:30
SJE Arts, Oxford
£12, concessions £10/£8, under 16s free
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  1. O Crux Op 79 - Knut Nystedt
  2. Ave Verum - Svein Møller
  3. Lamentations of Jeremiah - Alberto Ginastera
  4. Seven Last Words - Bern Herbolsheimer
  5. Motet for Passion Sunday - Frank Ferko
  6. Psalmo XLII - Uroš Krek
  7. Be thou my Guardian - Reginald Tustin Baker
  8. Let my prayer be set forth - Hubert Stanley Middleton
  9. Love of love, light of light - Sir William Henry Harris

Commotio welcomes back its director, Matthew Berry, who has made a superb selection of choral rarities from America, Norway, Slovenia, and Britain.

Although the English choral tradition may seem like a well-known field of repertoire, Matt has discovered three rarely performed eight-part 20th century motets, including Middleton’s ingenious canon Let my prayer be set forth, and Tustin Baker’s Be thou my Guardian, for which we can find no reference of a previous concert performance.

Ginastera’s Lamentations of Jeremiah and Herbolsheimer’s Seven Last Words both evoke a wide range of emotion with their use of chromaticism and choral suspension, encompassing the anguish, sorrow and acceptance of their texts. Ferko’s Motet for Passion Sunday (recorded by Commotio in 2007) and Nystedt’s magnificent O Crux both employ dense choral textures with ethereal tranquillity belying their technical challenge.

Join Commotio for a concert of exceptional music, unlikely to be heard anywhere else!

SJE Arts
St John the Evangelist Church, 109A Iffley Road

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