Wednesday, 3 April 2019

On of the great choral works of the 20th century

Schnittke: Choir Concerto - London Concord Singers, East London Chorus, Jessica Norton

I am singing in a performance of Alfred Schnittke's Choir Concerto on Saturday 13 April 2019, a chance to hear one of the great choral masterpieces of the 20th century, a setting of a Russian translation of texts by the Armenian Saint Gregory of Narek. The music is based on traditional harmony and melodic formuale of Russian Orthodox Chant, but Schnittke uses his large choir to create richly evocative textures full of Schnittke's personal musical language. Lasting 40 minutes, the Choir Concerto is modelled on the choral concertos by 18th century Russian composers which influenced the choral music of Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.

For the concert, two London choirs are joining forces - London Concord Singers and East London Chorus, under conductor Jessica Norton. St Pancras Parish Church, London, NW1 2BA, 7pm. Further details from EventBrite.

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