KODÁLY: MISSA BREVIS

Programme:

Zoltán Kodály: Missa Brevis, Pange Lingua, Evening Song
Arvo Pärt: Alleluia-Tropus, Which was the Son of…
Henryk Górecki: Totus tuus

Johannes Brahms: Rhapsody for piano solo in G minor, Op.79 No.2
Ernő Dohnányi: Rhapsody for piano solo in C major, Op.11 No.3

Conductor: Dan Ludford-Thomas
Piano: Nico De Villiers
Organ: James Orford

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Join LCS in the beautiful ‘Arts and Crafts’ church of Holy Trinity for a musical feast from Eastern Europe. Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály wrote his glorious Missa Brevis as a gift for his wife while they were in hiding in a war-torn Budapest. His love of the human voice shines through in the work’s soaring soprano lines and exquisite vocal harmonies. We also perform Kodály’s Pange Lingua and his pretty folk tune arrangement, Evening Song.

Tonight’s works by Arvo Pärt, Alleluia-Tropus and Which was the Son of… reveal his distinctive soundscape, often termed “holy minimalism”, as bell-like voices blend with pure melodic lines to create a simple meditative stillness. Henryk Górecki’s joyous Totus Tuus is a delight for singers and audiences alike.

The choir are accompanied by James Orford on the magnificent Holy Trinity organ and by pianist Nico de Villiers who also performs piano works by Johannes Brahms and Ernő Dohnányi.

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Tickets are available using the Ticketsource link above, on the door, and are also available from the Cadogan Hall box office, but please note that an additional booking fee applies.

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Spotify User?

If you’re a Spotify user and unfamiliar with any of the pieces we are performing, here is a playlist of a professional recordings to listen to, plus a video of Alleluia-Tropus:


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