Concert: Exeter Festival Chorus
Saturday 18th November 2017 at 19.30
Exeter Festival Chorus
Erlöserkirche Chor (from Exeter’s twin German city, Bad Homburg)
Rebecca Smith mezzo-soprano
Julian Rippon baritone
Andrew Millington organ
Nigel Perrin conductor
About the programme
Exeter Festival Chorus presents two great works for voice and organ: the well-loved Requiem of French composer, Maurice Duruflé, written in 1947, and the Mass in D by Anton Dvořák, composed in 1887.
Considered by many to be his masterpiece, Duruflé’s Requiem is based on Gregorian plainchants used in the Mass for the Dead and was conceived as a memorial to his father. In Duruflé’s words it “reflects the anguish of man facing the mystery of his last ending.”
Dvořák’s Mass in D is the only one of his several masses that still exists. It was conceived for an intimate space and occasion; it is both lyrical and reflective of Dvořák’s love of nature and his confident belief in ultimate redemption.
Tickets available from Exeter Visitor Information (01392 665885), Ticketsource (0333 666 3366) and online. For more information please visit the Exeter Festival Chorus website.
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