Choral Masterpieces in Malmesbury Abbey

Choral Masterpieces in Malmesbury Abbey

Saturday, 12th May 2007

Peter Leech    Conductor
Nigel Nash    Organ

This concert was a ‘thank you’ to our wonderful and supportive patrons. They enjoyed a beautiful summer evening in the stunning setting of Malmesbury’s 12th century Abbey. The sun threw its last rays through the vast west-facing window, bathing the Cotswold-stone with a warm glowing light. The programme followed suit, with the choir opening with the English composer Thomas Tallis, then performing Bach’s O Jesu Christ meins lebens licht, before attempting to capture the ‘holy light’ Bruckner endeavoured to reflect in his music.
The evening was a quiet celebration of the sacred and sublime by composers that spanned five centuries and as many countries.


Thomas Tallis (c.1506-85) In manus Tuas
J S Bach (1685-1750) O Jesu Christ mein's Lebens Licht
Anton Bruckner (1834-96) Locus iste
Os justi
J S Bach Fantasia & Fugue in G minor    (Nigel Nash, organ)
S Rachmaninov (1873-1943) Priiditye pokhlonimsya (Vespers op.37, no.1)
Blazhen muzh (Vespers no.3)
Anton Arensky (1861-1906) Otche nash (Lord's Prayer)
P Tchaikovsky (1840-93) Dostoino yest
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) Cantique de Jean Racine
A Lotti (c.1667-1740) Crucifixus
W A Mozart (1756-91) Ave verum corpus
Marcel Dupré (1886-1971) Prelude & Fugue in B major Op 7     (Nigel Nash, organ)
Thomas Tallis O sacrum convivium
O nata lux
Malcolm Archer (b.1952) Creator of the stars of night
Arvo Pärt (b.1935) Bogoroditsye Dyevo (Ave Maria)

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