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When David Heard

 25 March 2010 at 7.30pm 

When David Heard

Grosvenor Chapel
South Audley Street, London, W1
United Kingdom
http://www.grosvenorchapel.org.uk/

London Concord Singers
conductor Malcolm Cottle


The centrepiece of this Easter concert is a grouping of 4 settings of the moving Biblical text, When David heard that Absalom was dead. Settings by three 16th century English composers, Thomas Weelkes, Thomas Tomkins and Robert Ramsey, use false relations and dense chromatic harmony to bring out the meaning of the text, whereas contemporary American composer Eric Whitacre's setting makes a profound use of silence.

Accompanying these pieces will be a rare sacred piece by the 19th century opera composer Giacomo Meyerbeer. German born but with a career spanning Italian and French opera houses, Meyerbeer's grand setting of Psalm91 in German for double choir was written late in his life for Berlin Cathedral.


Eric Whitacre : When David Heard
Cecilia MacDowall : I know that my redeemer liveth
Romuald Twardowski : O Salutaris Hostia
Romuald Twardowski : Lauda Sion
Zoltan Kodaly : Jesus and the Traders
Giacomo Meyerbeer : Psalm 91
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