Mahler and Bruckner

Saturday, 11 November 2017 - 7:30pm
Mahler 2

One of the joys of belonging to a large chorus is the opportunity to sing some of the world’s finest music. Our concert at Guildford Cathedral in November 2017 sees us perform two glorious works by Bruckner and Mahler, written and premiered within 30 years of each other. The wonderful Mass in E minor by Bruckner is for an eight-part choir and wind ensemble, and is characterised by beauty, simplicity and restraint. By contrast, Mahler’s hugely popular second symphony is written for a large orchestra and sweeps the audience up in creativity and soundscape, bringing the choir in as barely a whisper towards the end of the work before building to a stunning finale.

Programme:

Bruckner Mass in E minor
Mahler 2nd symphony: 'The Resurrection'

Performers:

Vivace Chorus, Epsom Chamber Choir and Brandenburg Sinfonia.

Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse

There is a free pre-concert talk in The Chapter House 6.30 pm. We welcome back Roy Rashbrook. Roy sings in the world famous choir of St Paul’s Cathedral and in The King’s Consort and in The Clerks; a vocal sextet specialising in renaissance and contemporary music. He combines their schedules with his work as a soloist, teacher and conductor.

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Reviews - Mahler and Bruckner 11 Nov 2017

Mahler 2

"How lucky we all were to share in this joyous event."

"a truly visceral experience"

"Exciting, edge-of-your-seat stuff"

"choral singing, from the hushed entry to the final shattering climax, was just outstanding"

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