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Holy Trinity Cathedral

Auckland Choral: Schubert+

Divinely inspired. Schubert’s Masses are some of the most admired of all choral music for their sublime beauty, directness of expression, innovative harmony and structure, and progressive orchestration.

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Auckland Choral: Schubert+
Auckland Choral: Schubert+

Time & Location

30 Apr 2022, 7:30 pm

Holy Trinity Cathedral, 446 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland 1052, New Zealand

About the Event

Divinely inspired.

Schubert’s Masses are some of the most admired of all choral music for their sublime beauty, directness of expression, innovative harmony and structure, and progressive orchestration.

Mass D167 is full of charming song-like melody-writing and wonderful concertante passages and is one of the most popular settings of the mass ordinary. Schubert wrote it in six days, but it wasn’t published until 18 years after his death.

Another prodigy, Mendelssohn was 12 years younger than Schubert. His lyrical and melodic gifts are clear in his hymn based on Psalm 55. Hear my Prayer became one of his most famous sacred works in Victorian England. Mendelssohn was also a fine organist as his Allegro, Chorale and Fugue in D minor shows.

Brahms always had a fine feeling for lyrical quality and his cycle Four Quartets are particularly moving descriptions of a romantic night atmosphere, melancholy reflections on autumn and secret nocturnal amorous adventures.

The choir features in Antonio Lotti’s setting of the Crucifixus, perhaps his most popular work. Ēriks Ešenvalds’ rich, sonorous choral writing is clear in his Only in Sleep, and in Song of the Universal, Ola Gjeilo beautifully expresses the optimism, exuberance, and unwavering confidence in our deeper humanity of Walt Whitman’s words.

Uwe Grodd conductor Joanna Foote soprano Dilys Fong mezzo soprano Andrew Grenon tenor Bradley Christensen bass

Philip Smith organ Rosemary Barnes piano Auckland Choral Pipers Sinfonia

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