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March 13, 2016 / basabbott

Brahms Requiem at Eye


Brahms’ Requiem
Eye Bach Choir
Eye Church

Brahms in 1866 and American composer Morten Lauridsen in 1997 both sought in music consolation for their dead mothers.
Rather than an orchestra the German Requiem featured two pianists (Ian le Grice & Jonathan Rutherford) at one piano. Their contribution was constant and telling.
Under Leslie Olive’s direction the gently welling first Chorus would have comforted any bereaved person.
The choir then brought shudders of mortality to All Flesh Is Grass, a peaceful energy to How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings and some thrilling notes to the dead being raised.
The soloists were Alan Loader, with an eloquent bass-baritone voice, and Jane Burnell, still young enough to be pre-university.
She combined the innocence of the pure soprano voice with the assurance of things to come.
With Ian le Grice now at the organ, Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna had a very different texture to the Brahms.
Warm and heartfelt it provided a complementary version of bereavement and the letting go process.

Basil Abbott

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