nes-concertThe New Elizabethan Singers' May concert brings together two great French choral masterworks:  the 'Messe Solennelle' by Louis Vierne, and the 'Requiem' composed by his pupil, Maurice Duruflé on 19th May, 7.00 pm, at St Mary's Church, Bridport

Duruflé's Requiem, written in 1948, has been called 'the most poignant and exquisitely beautiful Requiem extant'.  The composer first shapes the rigid incantation of Gregorian chant into a more natural delivery, and then immerses it in rich French harmonies.  The spiritually uplifting simplicity of the piece has made it a firm favourite in the choral repertoire.

A generation earlier in 1899 Vierne was primarily a Romantic composer.  His setting of the Mass, although Impressionistic at times, is a piece of real inspiration.  Following the awesome solemnity of the Kyrie and the triumphant Gloria and Sanctus, the mysterious antiphonal harmonies of the Benedictus sound a completely new note in the French church music of the time, and the long-breathed phrases of the Agnus Dei, again echoing from choir to Grand Orgue, bring the whole work to a wonderfully serene conclusion.

The NES, soloists and organ accompaniment will be conducted by Matt Kingston (Musical Director).

Tickets £12 (u-18s free) from Goadsby and Bridport Music, South Street.

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