Paul Carr World Première
Carr - Stabat Mater
Enjoy a world première! In a programme rich with the choral writing of Elgar and Lauridsen, the English Arts Chorale proudly presents its latest commission: a new setting of the ancient religious poem known as the Stabat Mater. Paul Carr's music is accessible, attractive, and in a style which plays into the Chorale's outstanding blend and balance. The composer writes:
I have divided the Latin poem into six sections and scored the work for choir with two oboes (with the second doubling Cor Anglais in No. 3) harp and strings. This somewhat baroque influenced orchestration is a direct response to my recent fascination with the baroque period and the works of Handel and Bach in particular. Having grown up listening to the likes of Stravinsky, Britten, Richard Strauss and Wagner etc., I am surprised, though not disappointed, to find myself, in later years, embracing early music in a way I never truly did before, and this enjoyment and evocation can unashamedly be heard in this Stabat Mater.
Lauridsen - Nocturnes: Sa nuit d'été; Soneto de la noche; Sure on this shining night; Voici le soir.
Pablo Neruda, in the poem Soneto de la Noche, creates an intense emotional world of acute sense of loss yet with a deep joy in a love which survives death. "When I die, I want your hands upon my eyes," he writes. Morten Lauridsen's music seems to capture and amplify the power of these exquisitely intense emotions in his Nocturnes cycle, which includes the famous Sure on This Shining Night.
Elgar - Sea Pictures
Dame Janet Baker's is the voice most associated in modern times with Elgar's five songs called Sea Pictures. Christopher Phelps has adapted these unmistakeably Elgarian cameos for mixed choir and piano, and the effect is one of true Elgar. Not to missed by any lover of his music.
Samuel Barber - String Quartet Op. 11
Samuel Barber's famous Adagio for Strings is performed by four players as he originally intended as part of his String Quartet. On 2nd December the English Arts Orchestra perform it in its more familiar form with string orchestra: it is an illuminating comparison. Played here by members of the English Arts Ensemble:
Leslie Olive - conductor
English Arts Ensemble, led by Julian Milone
Saturday 21st October 2017, 7.30 pm
St Mary’s Church, Reigate, RH2 7RN
Tickets : Front Nave £20, Rear Nave £15, Side Aisles £12, (Students & Children £6)