Portsmouth Baroque Choir Spring Concert in Fareham

Fauré Requiem and D'Astorga Stabat Mater at the United Reformed Church, Fareham, Saturday, March 16 at 7:30pm
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Our Spring concert 2024 begins with Emanuele d’Astorga’s ‘Stabat Mater’, hugely popular in the 19th century, almost unheard in the last. It may have been written during a brief visit to London ca. 1720, though there’s equally a case for Rome in 1707.

He was godfather to Antonio Caldara’s daughter and the first half continues with Caldara’s ‘Miserere’ and ‘Crucifixus’, a 16-part masterpiece.

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Fauré’s ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’ begins the second half: it won first prize during his final year at the École de Niedermeyer, which was instrumental in reviving church music in France.

Enjoy an evening of music with Portsmouth Baroque Choir.Enjoy an evening of music with Portsmouth Baroque Choir.
Enjoy an evening of music with Portsmouth Baroque Choir.

We end with the ‘Requiem’ in a version close to Fauré’s original intentions, accompanied by string quartet, two horns and organ.

Although not performed in the UK until 1936, it has deservedly become as popular in our time as the D’Astorga once was. In the centenary of Fauré’s death, it continues to shine a gentle light into the shadows framing our existence, as was the composer's intention: "Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest."

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