From the intimacy of a solo voice raised in song to the splendours of nearly two hundred at the service of a choral Colossus, Bristol Choral Society’s first concert of the season celebrates musical friendships and a Requiem shot through with unassailable grandeur and a consoling tenderness.
The programme features:
Ballade des Harfners Op.98a, no.2
Stirb, Lieb und Freud Op.35, no.2
Der Hidalgo Op.30, no.3
Robert Schumann had been one of the young Brahms’ most fervent champions and he’s remembered alongside the composer’s mother in a heartfelt Requiem nearly a decade in the making. A deeply human response to mortality and the gnawing ache of loss, it sidesteps the traditional liturgical texts to set words of solace taken from Luther’s translation of the Bible – at its heart ‘How Lovely are Thy Dwellings’, an intermezzo suffused with the sweetest repose.
Tickets: £10.75 to £31.18. Under 25s £5.38. Seniors 10% discount.
Tickets are available from Colston Hall’s box office. Visit: colstonhall.org/bristol-choral-society or tel: 0117 203 4040.