Friday, March 02, 2007

Anton Bruckner Choir concert - tomorrow

Tomorrow marks my first concert with Anton Bruckner Choir. So I won't feel able to review it, later. Still, we're singing a mixture of music old - Taverner's Western Wind Mass, and Leroy Kyrie; Robert White's Christe, qui lux es et dies - and more modern - Herbert Howells' Take him earth for cherishing, Let God arise, Here is the little door, Salve regina, Magnificat and Nunc dimittis (Collegium Regale), and Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks.

I feel it's a good juxtaposition of 16th and 20th century music, and the variety in Howells' works is interesting, from the aching longing of Like as the hart, the strident, Stanford-like Let God arise, to the moving and beautiful Take him, earth for cherishing, which was written for President Kennedy's memorial service, but was inspired by his son's early death.

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