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An evening of German choral music with Voix de Vivre

Saturday March 30, 2019 at 19:30
St Peter's Church, St Albans
£15, concessions/senior citizens £13, students/unwaged £5
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  1. Cantata No 118, 'O Jesu Christ, mein's Leben Licht' BWV118 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Komm, Jesu, komm BWV 229 - Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. Psalm 92 D953 - Franz Schubert
  4. 3 Psalms Op 78 - Felix Mendelssohn
  5. Fest- und Gedenksprüche Op 109 - Johannes Brahms
  6. Friede auf Erden Op 13 - Arnold Schoenberg

Choral director Neil MacKenzie has chosen a scintillating programme of nearly two centuries of germanic choral compositions, punctuated by some fine organ works, featuring five of the leading masters in this genre.

Following two superb motets by JS Bach, the composer described by Beethoven as 'the immortal god of harmony,’ the concert will highlight strikingly different works of a later German romanticism, which in the hands of Schubert, Mendelssohn and Brahms could lay claim to being inspired by the idealism of Beethoven's Choral symphony - 'all men becoming brothers.’

The programme concludes with Schoenberg’s infrequently performed and technically formidable ‘Friede auf Erden.’ The expressive power of this motet, one of his last tonal pieces, shows his developing disillusionment with musical harmony and with humanity itself.

St Peter's Church
St Peter's Street
St Albans
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