The Fauré Requiem is one of the most poignant settings of the Requiem Mass and is music to comfort and to reassure the faithful in the face of death, rather than to overwhelm them with the finality of judgement. It is impossible not to be moved by the ethereal beauty of this humble masterpiece. Fauré wrote The Cantique de Jean Racine much earlier than the Requiem at the end of his student days, but it has a mature simplicity that most students would foolishly scorn!
Poulenc’s Gloria, with its captivating mixture of solemnity and mischievous exuberance, abounds in joy, yet is always sincere and humble, and is among the finest examples of religious music of our time. Stravinsky’s Serenade in A completes the programme. Evoking an 18th century festive occasion it has been described as the ‘loveliest’ of his solo piano works.
Salford Choral Society, one of the leading choirs in the North West, is joined by Bolton soprano Lorna Rushton and baritone Benedict Kearns, accompanied by Roderick Barrand on piano and conducted by Tom Newall.