Hetton Methodist Church | Hetton, nr. Skipton
Friday 24th March 2017
7:30 PM


Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – Stabat Mater
John Taverner – Mater Christi sanctissima
Paul Mealor – Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal (Four madrigals)
~ Interval ~
Johannes Brahms – 2 Motets, Op.74: no.1 - 'Warum ist das Licht gegeben?'
Anton Bruckner – Ave Maria, WAB 6
Pyotr Tchaikovsky – The Crown of Roses (arr. from Legend, Op.54 no.5)
Sergei Rachmaninov – All-Night Vigil: 'Bogoroditse Devo'
Morten Lauridsen – Les Chansons des Roses


Robert Webb – conductor

Pinsuti Chamber Choir

Programme Note

Pinsuti, the Ilkley and Skipton chamber choir conducted by Robert Webb, invite you to a concert featuring a miscellany of marvellous works on a dual theme. As a centrepiece to the concert, Brahms’ complex motet ‘Warum ist das Licht gegeben…?’, moves optimistically from existential angst to calm acceptance. Either side of this, Mary is addressed in Latin in Palestrina’s ‘Stabat mater’, Taverner’s ‘Mater Chrsiti sanctissima’, and ‘Ave Maria’ by Bruckner and, in Church Slavonic, in Rachmaninoff’s ‘Bogoroditsye Dyevo‘. The second strand in the concert consists of song cycles by two contemporary composers. Mealor’s ‘Now sleeps the crimson petal’ and Lauridsen’s ‘Les chansons des roses’ contemplate the rose and its imagery. These are joined by Tchaikovsky’s  ‘Legend‘, a ‘song for children’ which foreshadows the Easter story, also titled ‘The Crown of Roses’.

We hope you will once more fill Hetton Methodist Church and enjoy this varied selection of music from the 16th to the 21st centuries!

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