Saturday, 5 April 2014

SACRIS SOLEMNIIS

To Smithfield on Thursday 3rd, to hear a concert of French sacred music performed by the choir of St Bartholomew the Great

Durufle, Dupre, Laloux - not exactly General Knowledge quiz answers, but nonetheless Top Composers of 20th century sacred music.  Perhaps not in the Poulenc rank, but pretty good.  Made all the better of course by the setting of St Bartholomew's.  The true reason for my attending, apart from the company - an assemblage of distinguished, convivial sorts - was for Faure's Requiem, which I had not heard live before.  This was, of course, a non-orchestral version - just organ and choir - so different but perhaps more pertinent in some strange sacred way.

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