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The Long Day Closes - music for an autumn evening

Saturday October 26, 2019 at 19:30
Prior Park College Chapel, Bath
£22 nave, £18 unreserved
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  1. Mass for double choir in E flat, 'Cantus Missae' Op 109 - Josef Gabriel Rheinberger
  2. Abendlied, from 3 geistliche Gesänge Op 69 - Josef Gabriel Rheinberger
  3. The long day closes - Sir Arthur Sullivan, lyrics by Henry Fothergill Chorley
  4. Te lucis ante terminum - Thomas Tallis
  5. In Manus Tuas I, II and III - John Sheppard
  6. Living voices - James Whitbourn
  7. Parce mihi domine - Cristóbal de Morales
  8. Nynie otpushchaieshy, from Vespers, 'All-night vigil' Op 37 - Sergey Rachmaninov
  9. Nunc dimittis - Geoffrey Burgon
  10. The Silver Swan - Orlando Gibbons
  11. Lay a garland on her hearse - Robert Lucas Pearsall
  12. Sure on this shining night, from 4 Songs Op 13 - Samuel Barber
  13. Lux aeterna (choral arrangement of 'Nimrod'), from The Enigma Variations - Sir Edward Elgar, arranged by John Cameron
  14. Evening Prayer - Ola Gjeilo

Josef Rheinberger's double-choir a cappella Cantus Missae (1878), around which our autumn programme is shaped, was composed 15 years after Prior Park Chapel was built. In harking back to late-Renaissance splendour - the mass with its joyful, lyrical antiphony, the chapel with an acoustic that resonates through its soaring arches -they belong to each other perfectly. The mass is one of conductor Nigel Perrin's favourite works, although it is not Rheinberger's best known: that honour falls to Abendlied (Evening Song) which forms the theme for the rest of this evening's collage of beautiful choral music. Inspired by the going down of the day - both lliteral and metaphorical - the programme moves from a Renaissance compline to Sullivan's emotive The Long Day Closes, via Gibbons, Pearsall, Rachmaninov and contemporary favourite Ola Gjeilo. Adding a layer of improvisation over several of the songs, saxophonist Katie Bunney (Bath Young Musician 2018) will complete our etherreal sound-world.

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