The Long Day Closes
Music for an autumn evening
Saturday 26 October 2019
Prior Park Chapel
Josef Rheinberger – Mass for double choir op 109
and music by Sheppard, Gibbons, de Morales, Pearsall, Sullivan, Barber, Rachmaninov, Whitbourn, Burgon, Gjeilo
Otto Ursprung, musicologist
The most beautiful, pure vocal music of the 19th century.
Josef Rheinberger’s double-choir a cappella Cantus Missae (1878), around which our autumn programme is shaped, was composed 15 years after Prior Park Chapel was built. In harking back to late-Renaissance splendour – the mass with its joyful, lyrical antiphony, the chapel with an acoustic that resonates through its soaring arches – they belong to each other perfectly. The mass is one of conductor Nigel Perrin’s favourite works, although it is not Rheinberger’s best known: that honour falls to Abendlied (Evening Song) which forms the theme for the rest of this evening’s collage of beautiful choral music.
Inspired by the going down of the day – both literal and metaphorical – the programme moves from a Renaissance compline to Sullivan’s emotive The Long Day Closes, via Gibbons, Pearsall, Rachmaninov and contemporary favourite Ola Gjeilo. Adding a layer of improvisation over several of the songs, saxophonist Katie Bunney (Bath Young Musician 2018) will complete our ethereal sound-world.
Katie Bunney saxophone
Marcus Sealy keyboard
Nigel Perrin conductor
£22 nave | £18 side aisles unreserved
Concessions for children under 18 & students
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