Historical choral masterpieces to be performed by Harpenden singers
PUBLISHED: 12:11 12 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:11 12 November 2018
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Beautiful singers will perform masterpieces of 19th century choral music this weekend.
Everyone is invited to the Harpenden Choral Society’s concert at High Street Methodist Church on November 17 at 7.30pm.
They will showcase Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder, and Mozart’s Bella Mia Fiamma, Addio!.
Conducted by John Andrews, the society described Brahms’ work as a powerful, dramatic and untraditional requiem for the dead inspired by the loss of both his mentor Robert Schumann and his mother.
They said: “Brahms selected his own texts from Luther’s translation of the Bible to create a work which would comfort the mourners, those left behind.
“Powerful and dramatic in the first half, when its subject is the transience and frailty of human life, it has a most beautiful central movement followed by an exquisite soprano solo accompanied by the chorus, written in memory of his mother, and ends with words of blessing for the dead.”
Jeni Bern will sing soprano and Alexander Robin Baker will perform baritone, accompanied by The King’s Sinfonietta orchestra.
The society also spoke about Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder, which was created using poems by the German poet Friedrich Rückert: “Each song has its own distinct subject: the feeling in the presence of a loved one; the contentment of solitude; the dangers of loving for superficial reasons; the tormented thoughts of a sleepless night walker.”
Tickets are £15 for adults and £5 for concessions, available at Creature Comforts on Vaughan Road, by calling 01582 419379 or at firstname.lastname@example.org