Ely Consort: Cherubini - Requiem in C minor
Cherubini’s magnificent Requiem in C minor will be the centrepiece of the concert. It was composed for the re-entombment of the French monarchs at the Basilica of Saint-Denis, Paris, in 1817. Cherubini was already much in demand as a composer in the capital cities of Europe, and this Requiem enhanced his reputation considerably. Schumann called it ‘unequalled’, Brahms thought it ‘marvellous’, and Berlioz declared it ‘the greatest work of its author’. Beethoven admired the work so much he said it would be his example should he ever write a Requiem of his own; he did not, but Cherubini’s was performed at a Mass for Beethoven shortly after his funeral. The piece is written entirely for choir without soloists, and the dramatic music vividly expresses the full range of emotions in the text.
Mozart’s Ave verum corpus & Lotti’s - 8-part Crucifixus. Music by Gesualdo, Rheinberger and the contemporary Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo completes the programme.
All tickets unreserved £18 (Band A - Presbytery seats) and £12 (Band B - Choir stalls). U16s free
Ely Cathedral Cambridgeshire CB7 4DL
Sat 21 Mar 2020