Duke Ellington Sacred Concert, Bruckner Mass in E Minor
Sat, 2 March 2019
Duke Ellington’s celebratory Sacred Concert is a spectacular blend of gospel and jazz music with traditional choral singing and the reverential tone of European liturgical music. Although Duke is best known for his jazz arrangements, he wrote Sacred Concert toward the end of his life and he described it as "... the most important thing I have ever done".
Bruckner's Mass in E minor is one of the most beautiful and powerful works ever composed for a choir and wind instruments. It was the second mass he composed and he scored it exclusively for wind instruments because the performance space for its intended premiere was outside Linz Cathedral. It is arguably his first master-piece and combines the simplicity of Italian Renaissance polyphony with romantic style harmony and a powerful combination of vocal and instrumental textures.
Hertfordshire Chorus, directed by David Temple MBE, performs regularly in Britain’s major concert halls, as well as locally in St Albans Cathedral, Hatfield House and Watford Colosseum. The Chorus is one of the leading large choirs in England with members from Hertfordshire and surrounding areas, and performs frequently with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. They recorded two concerts in 2018 for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 2. The Chorus has made several CD recordings recently, including the highly acclaimed Ode to a Nightingale (Will Todd) and Codebreaker (James McCarthy), recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra for Signum Records.
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