Warren Trevelyan-Jones conductor
Emilia Bertolini soprano
Stephen Marsh baritone
with Musicians of the MSO
Brooke Shelley Missa Ænigmata
Elgar Lux Aeterna (from Enigma Variations)
Tavener Song for Athene
About this performance
The MSO Chorus makes a glorious return to the stage with Fauré’s exquisite Requiem. Featuring soloists Emilia Bertolini and Stephen Marsh, plus an ensemble of MSO musicians under the direction of Warren Trevelyan-Jones, this concert heralds the first full performance by the Chorus in almost 21 months.
- His best-known work, Fauré composed his Requiem to be “an aspiration towards happiness above”. This uplifting work focuses on the restful and fear-free nature of death, ending with In Paradisum in which the soul is ushered to the door of paradise by choirs of angels.
- John Tavener’s Song for Athene (also known as Alleluia. May Flights of Angels Sing Thee to Thy Rest) was originally composed as a tribute for a family friend killed in a cycling accident, but received new prominence after its performance at the funeral service of Princess Diana.
- Two related works complete the program – a choral setting of Nimrod from Elgar’s Enigma Variations – “an utterly sublime moment of music” (Classic FM) – and a work by Australian composer Brooke Shelley that was inspired by the famed variations.