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Couperin: Leçons de Ténèbres

Wed 1 Apr 2015 , 7:30 pm

| £10

Emily Owen & Charlotte La Thrope (sopranos)
Sam Stadlen (viola da gamba)
John Green (organ)

Written for the Wednesday of Holy Week, the Leçons de Ténèbres setting texts from the Lamentations of Jeremiah for two sopranos and continuo are arguably Couperin’s finest music, penetrating to the bitter anguish at the heart of the text by means of a harmonic language rich in dissonance and chromaticism. The third Leçon brings the added intensity of the two clashing and intertwining soprano voices and has an expressive force unique in Couperin’s music.

The Leçons will be offered in the beautiful St Cuthbert’s Chapel at Ushaw College as a meditation for Holy Week, with appropriate pauses as indicated in the manuscript for the extinguishing of the candles.


Date: Wed 1 Apr 2015

Time: 7:30 pm

Tickets: £10


Ushaw College



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