While Barber and Gabrieli’s music was always meant for brass instruments, Lauridsen’s choral masterpiece has lost none of its uplifting power in this spectacular and unusual brass arrangement.
Commissioned to provide music for each ‘last word’ of Jesus for an unusual Easter tradition, this is Haydn at his most daring – and most dramatic. Each of the last ‘words’ will be read by our Principal Trombone, Ron Prussing, before each movement, giving context to the extraordinary music that follows. “Each movement,” Haydn declared, will move listeners, “to the very depths of [their] soul.”
BARBER Mutations from Bach
GABRIELI Canzon per Sonar Primi Toni No.1
LAURIDSEN O Magnum Mysterium
GABRIELI Canzon per Sonar in Echo Duodecimi Toni
HAYDN Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross
ANDREW HAVERON director and violin