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Songs of Farewell
Sat 24 Mar , 7:30 pm| £12
D. Scarlatti: Stabat Mater
Parry: Songs of Farewell (My soul, there is a country; I know my soul hath power; Never weather-beaten sail; There is an old belief; At the round earth’s imagined corners; Lord, let me know mine end)
Reflections on human mortality and the end of life, as seen through music from baroque Italy and wartime England. In his setting of the Stabat Mater, Domenico Scarlatti enriches the choral texture with four soprano parts to intensify his portrayal of Mary’s unimaginable grief as she stands at the foot of the cross watching her son die. Antonio Lotti’s 8-part Crucifixus is his best-known work, and is full of agonised harmonic tension.
Parry’s six Songs of Farewell uses English poetry to offer a different perspective, reflecting quietly on ordinary lives with ordinary endings, and what might come afterwards. Francesca Massey conducts the Durham Singers in this set of beautifully crafted songs that are very different from the public ceremonial works that are associated with Parry.
Tickets: £12; students and under-25s £8; children 13 and under, free. Available online from www.durham-singers.org, from Durham Music Shop, High Street, Langley Moor (from mid-January), from choir members, or on the door.
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