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Britten Sinfonia: Easter Voices

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Guildhall School of Music & Drama: Milton Court HallSilk Street, Barbican, London, Greater London, EC2Y 8DT, United Kingdom
On Wednesday 28 March 2018 at 19:30
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791)Offertory in D, "Venite populi", K260 (K248a)
Stravinsky, Igor (1882-1971)Fanfare for a New Theatre for 2 trumpets
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791)Missa brevis in F, K192 (K186f)
Stravinsky, Igor (1882-1971)Pater noster
Salonen, Esa-Pekka (b. 1958)Concert Etude
Stravinsky, Igor (1882-1971)Mass

The talents of the acclaimed Britten Sinfonia Voices, conducted by Eamonn Dougan, are showcased in a special Easter concert featuring two masses written 170 years apart.  Stravinsky considered function as important as form and composed his Mass, which many consider his finest religious work, for church use, writing “religious music without religion is almost always vulgar.”  The Mass features gorgeous harmonic colours, animating the text of the Roman Catholic liturgy with voice, wind and brass.

In the run-up to writing his own Mass, Stravinsky stumbled across a handful of Mozart’s masses in a Los Angeles bookshop; Britten Sinfonia’s Easter celebration is completed by Mozart’s beautiful Missa Brevis.

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