CANTELOUBE Selection from Songs of the Auvergne
This programme celebrates French repertoire which blends orchestral and vocal forces – with magnificent results. Poulenc's Gloria is one of his most ambitious works, with solo soprano and chorus expressing Latin texts for which, as a devout Catholic, Poulenc felt a special reverence. Canteloube's sensual Songs of the Auvergne take us from heavenly pleasures to earthly ones. These glorious settings of Auvergne folk songs are sung in the local dialect, Occitan, accompanied by Canteloube's colourful orchestration. Duruflé's Requiem dates from the mid-twentieth century, but his use of Gregorian chant gives the work a timeless and deeply spiritual quality.
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This concert is promoted in association with The Bach Choir.