Eternally beautiful music
Music has always helped to comfort us in times of sorrow and grief. Many composers have written breathtakingly beautiful requiems and other music to mark the death of someone special. The mother’s grief for her dead son in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater is almost palpable. The Latin text of the requiem (mass for the dead) has evolved over several centuries and shows how people experienced saying farewell to earthly life, sometimes begging the Lord for mercy, and sometimes singing his praises.
Verdi wrote a highly operatic requiem mass that, despite its huge forces, is sometimes amazingly intimate. The Fauré Requiem is personal and delicate, lacking the conventional fierce ‘Dies Irae’ (day of wrath) section and ending with an ingenious and heavenly ‘In Paradisum’. This new concert series gives you space for reflection, inspiration and rapture.