Fauré‘s Requiem

Norwich Cathedral Choir

Saturday 28 May
7.30pm

Norwich Cathedral Choir
Norwich Cathedral Players
David Dunnett organ
Ashley Grote conductor

Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine
Poulenc Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings in G minor
Fauré Requiem (1893 version)

The soaring splendour of the Cathedral is the perfect setting for music rooted in faith and sanctity, as the boys, girls and gentlemen of Norwich Cathedral Choir present a programme of French choral and organ music.

Fauré’s lyrical Requiem is so well-loved that it has almost transcended its roots in religion and ritual. Its focus on eternal rest and consolation makes for music of the utmost tenderness. It is coupled with the exquisite Cantique de Jean Racine, composed when Fauré was just 19; anticipating the dignity and refinement of the Requiem, it has an ethereal beauty all of its own.

Poulenc referred to his Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings as ‘Poulenc on the way to the cloister’ — its composition coincided with his rediscovery of his faith and was highly influenced by sacred music. Performed by the Cathedral’s Master of Music, David Dunnett, it is a glorious showcase for the power and grandeur of the Cathedral’s organ.

Performance runs: c. 90 minutes (plus interval)

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