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St Mary's Church
Park Street
MK17 9PG


Antonio VivaldiGloria in D major: 'Gloria in Excelsis Deo'
Cecilia McDowallAve Maris Stella
Georg Philipp TelemannOuverture-Suite, TWV 55:D1: Overture
Antonio VivaldiMagnificat, RV 610


Susan Gilmour Bailey – soprano
Anna Huntley – mezzo-soprano
Ian Smith – Conductor

Danesborough Chorus
Alina Orchestra

Programme Note

Vivaldi's music was forgotten after his death in 1741. His Gloria, a joyful, warmly Italian hymn of praise, was rescued from obscurity in 1939 to become a much loved work in the choral repertoire. His Magnificat  is more 'off-the-beaten-track'., but offers dramatic, highly infectious music to delight all fans of Baroque.

Telemann's Suite in D is taken from his collection of Tafelmusik, Telemann wrote: "I do hope this work will one day contribute to my fame". Its dazzling duets for oboe and trumpets, its lightness of spirit, and tuneful melodies that suit perfectly each instrument ensure Telemann  would not feel disappointed.

Cecilia McDowall wrote the hauntingly beautiful Ave Maris Stella as an anthem to peace and it was first performed in Portsmouth Cathedral on Armistice Day 2001. You can look forward to tranquil purity, with occasional dissonant harmonies, from a composer who has a  'communicative gift that is very rare in modern music'  (International Record Review).

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