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    Easter Concert Review:  28th March 2015 

This concert of Music for Passiontide included in the first section a perfect selection of Motets, composed between the late 17th century (John Blow) and 1939 ( Poulenc), well chosen to indicate the variety expressed by composers of widely differing times and temperaments, while conforming to the structure and emotion of the motet, as a choral religious anthem or song of praise or fervour. The second part of the programme featured Faure’s ‘Requiem’, a triumphant illustration of how a work can succeed and endear itself to generations of listeners despite both its unconventional structure and history of composition: immediately after its first performance at the church of the Madeleine in Paris in 1888 Faure was rebuked by the priest on account of the ‘Pie Jesu’ which he considered dangerous novelty.  

The first part of this concert could have stood alone as an hour or so of contrast and delight. In the opening item, Bach’s ‘O Jesu Christ meins Lebens Licht,’ its stately opening bars, the tempo perfectly judged, illustrated at once the choir’s seamless blending, balance and control and the diminuendi were stunning. What a dramatic contrast was Bruckner’s ‘Christus factus est’ powerful even strident, almost overwhelming in the rather small venue. More demanding on the listener were Poulenc’s two items ‘Timor et Tremor’and ‘Vinea mea electa’, but they were intended as expressions of suffering. Yes, ‘angular and dissonant’ perhaps, but motets are not confined to serenity and the choir could cope very well with angularity and dissonance (though Miss Jean Brodie might perhaps have said ‘For those who like that sort of thing – that is the sort of thing they like’...)

Mozart’s ‘Ave Verum Corpus’: Hard to avoid superlatives for this. Its tender, reflective mood was perfectly expressed – without overdoing it – by the sensitive blending of the voices, and some thrilling contrasts of fortissimo and diminuendo, again subtly moderated. John Blow, mentor of Purcell, presented a fascinating illustration of antiphony ( responses) in the suitably sombre ‘Salvator Mundi’ (‘O Saviour of the world.... save and help us...’) and this structure was clearly expressed, though as is sometimes the case the words themselves were not always clear.

Two items from Mendelssohn bridged the Passiontide emotions. ‘Verleih uns Frieden’ with its beguiling simplicity of the Lutheran hymn had all the composer’s familiar sweetness; Psalm 43 was sterner, stronger and ended in a stunning chorale. Both pieces showed off this choir’s command of contrast. What a dramatic contrast was Rachmaninov’s ‘Bogarovditsye’, a real revelation to this reviewer! It had all the richness of texture one tends to associate with ‘Russian Music’ and splendid work for the basses and altos, who rose magnificently to it. Then the last piece, all to soon: Brahms’ ‘Geistliches Lied’, written in 1856, yet at once confirming Brahms’ debt to Bach and his own inventiveness and power., both superbly demonstrated by the organ and the choir.

After the interval, Faure’s ‘Requiem.’

Rightly popular without being hackneyed, this lovely work manages to combine the solemnity of the subject – frankly, death – with the hope and composure of the believer, and to avoid the more disheartening aspects of certain other very distinguished Requiems! It is significant that Faure chose to omit the often overwhelming Dies Irae, yet to retain the last two words and make a complete movement of them. The choir reflected all these aspects splendidly, from the sombre stateliness of the Kyrie, with dramatic interruptions, through the six succeeding movements ending with In Paradisum. In the second movement, the Offertorium, the baritone solo was entirely pleasing, consistently warm-toned, confident and well-balanced; in the Sanctus the choir and the organ were particularly happily blended; there was something magical about the final bars. Then we came to Pie Jesu, touching and gentle. Agnus Dei maintained the sense of religious dedication and in Libera Me we welcomed further solo passages from the baritone. It was to be expected then that In Paradisum rose to all expectations, expressing above all acceptance and tranquillity.

 Congratulations to all the choir, to Ieuan Anthony for his lovely voice and professionalism, to Simon Pearce for sympathetic and subtle organ playing, to Elinor Jenkins for a courageous performance of a solo which must be very daunting to a young student - and to Oliver Waterer for his firm control of the powerful forces at his disposal!

Jill Foster



    Major Works performed by Côr Dyfed Choir since 1977  

Allegri: Miserere April 03 Goodwick
Bach: St John Passion (in English) Apl 77/March 87 St Davids Cath.
(in German) March 2010 St Davids Cath.
Mass in B Minor Jly81/Nov 77 Fishguard Fest/St Davids
March 91/Jly 02 St Davids Cath.
Christmas Oratorio Dec 92 (English) --"—
17th Dec 05 (German) --“—
17th Dec 2011 (German) --“—
Motets - Jesu, Meine Freude --"--
Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden Summer 94
St Matthew Passion July 8th 2000 --“--
Jesu Meine Freude Nov 06 Tenby
Mass in G Minor July 85 St Davids Cath.
Suite in D Major July 85 --“--
Cantata No 4 July 85 --“--
Magnificat in D July 85 --“—
Dec 14 --“—

Bainton: And I saw a New Heaven Oct 94

Beethoven: Choral Symphony Dec 91 Aberystwyth Univ. Gt. Hall
Missa Solemnis Jly 93 St Davids Cath.

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms April 2000 Christ Ch Cath. Dublin
7th/15th July 07 Carlow/St Davids Cath.

Blackford Richard: The Mirror of Perfection Dec 7th 02 St Davids Cath.

Boyce, William: The King Shall Rejoice March 13 St Peter’s G’wick
Come Holy Ghost
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem

Brahms: German Requiem (in English) July 97? St D’s Cath.
Song of Destiny July 83 Fishguard Fest
German Requiem (in German) April 2011 Rhos y Gilwen

Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb July 87 St Mary's, F'gd
St Nicholas Dec 87/Jly 91 St Woolos/St D's
Dec 02 St Davids Cath.
War Requiem June 06 St Davids Fest.
Hymn to St Cecelia Nov 08 St Katherine’s, MH
Hymn to the Virgin Nov 08 St Katherine’s MH

Bruckner: Mass No 2 in E Minor Apl 89 St Davids Cath.
Motets - various Feb85/Oct 94/Apl 03 Goodwick
Te Deum July 82 St Davids Cath.

Mervyn Burtch: Gloria (1st performance)
Et in Terra Pax Nov 78 Fishguard

Buxtehude: Magnificat July 14 St Davids Cath.

Cadwyn Cycle July 06 St Davids Cath.

Casals: O Vos Omnes April 03 Goodwick

Charpentier: Messe de Minuit Nov 90 Llanelli
May 91 Newport (P)
Dec 07 St Davids Cath.
Dec 09 Llanelli

Chilcott, Bob: Two songs March 08 Rhos y Gilwen
Jubilate July 10 St Davids Cath.
Croft, William: The Lord is a Sun and a Shield March 13 St Peter’s G’wick

Dering: Factum est silentium Jly 14 St Davids Cath.

Duruflé: Requiem March 88 Cardiff/St Davids
Summer 94 St Davids Cath.
Nov 99 St Mary’s,Cardigan
Nov 06 St Mary’s,Tenby
Oct 10 St Mary’s,Tenby

Dvorak: Mass in D Aug 90/Oct 92 St D’s/St Mary’s, F’gd
Mar 93/Sept 93/Oct 95 St D's/Prague
April 05 St Martins, H’west
Stabat Mater Jly 92 St Davids Cath.
Apl 95 Llandaff Cathedral
Oct 98 Smetana Hall, Prague
Dyson: Mag/Nunc in F

Elgar: Give unto the Lord Hereford Cathedral
Te Deum and Benedictus (and) Sept 95 Merlin Theatre
The Spirit of the Lord Feb 87/Easter 93 Bethany, P/Dock - St D's
Ave Verum (recording in St D’s Cath.)
Ecce Sacerdos
The Music Makers July 84 Fishguard Fest

Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine Jun 87 St Mary’s,Tenby
Feb/May 87/Oct 94 Bethany/Npt(P) St Mary's H'west
Requiem May 87&94/Sept 96 N’pt Pembs/Tenby
Easter 02 Monkton Priory
Easter 15 St P’s Goodwick

Finzi: Lo, the full final sacrifice Oct 86 St Mary's Cardigan
July 87/ St Mary's Fishguard
Sept 96 St Mary's Tenby
Mar 12 St Martin’s H’west

Grieg: Ave Maris Stella

Gounod : St Cecilia Mass July 80 Fishguard Fest
July 82 Brangwyn Hall

Handel: Chandos Anthem No 9 Jly 88 St Davids Cath.
Jephtha Jly 90/ St Davids Cath
Feb 94 St John’s Smith Sq.London
Messiah Easter 81
June 83 Cardigan Eisteddfod
July85/Apl 83 Fish.Fest/St D’s Hall, C’diff
Dec 92 Brangwyn Hall
Dec 01 St Martin’s, H’west
Dec 06/08 St Davids Cath.
Dec 13 St Davids Cath.
Zadok the Priest June 87 St Mary's Tenby
May87/Nov 95/July 96/Oct 10 N’pt(P)/Pembs Coll.
St Davids/Tenby
The King Shall Rejoice July 96/Oct 10 --"—/---“---
Four Coronation Anthems July 01 St Davids Cath.
Acis and Galatea Oct 84 Royal Festival Hall
Israel in Egypt (on BBC2 TV) Mar 79 Brangwyn Hall
Judas Maccabeus (on BBC2/R3) April 85 St David’s Hall, C’diff
Samson 1981 Swansea
Dettingen Te Deum July ‘11 St Davids Cath.
Saul 1984 Brangwyn Hall

Harris: Faire is the heaven April 00 Christchurch Cath., Dublin

Harwood: Mag/Nunc in A flat Oct 94 York Minster

Haydn: Creation October 92 St Davids Cath.
July 06 St Davids Cath.
Maria Theresa Mass July 88 St Davids Cath.
Missa in Angustiis (Nelson Mass) 7th Apl 90 St Katherine's M.H. Te Deum in C (recorded) Feb85/Apl 89
Oct 98/Nov 06 Swansea/Prague/Tenby
St Cecelia Mass July 96 St Davids Cath.
Insanae et vanae Cure Feb 87 Bethany, P/Dock
St Nicholas Mass Dec 07/Jly ‘11 St Davids Cath.
Paukenmesse (on BBC2 TV) July 81/April 82 St Davids Cath.
Hoddinott Alun: Sinfonia Fidei June 77
Te Deum July 81 St Davids Cath.
Puer Natus (recording) Feb 85

Holst, Gustav: Nunc Dimittis March 08 Rhos y Gilwen

Hopkin Evans: Dyrchafaf fy Llygaid Oct 92/Oct 94 St M’s, F’gd/York
June 07 St Peter’s G’wick
Howells: Requiem April 89 Swansea
April 89 St Davids Cath.
Mar 98 St Mary's H'west
April 01 St Mary’s Goodwick
Coll.Reg. Te Deum & Benedictus, Mag/Nunc, Mass Oct 94 York Minster
Gloucester Service April 00 Christchurch Cath., Dublin
Hymn for St Cecelia Nov 08 St Katherine’s MH

Ireland Great Love Hath No Man Mar 12 St Martins H’west

Kodaly: Missa Brevis April 05 St Martins H’west
Oct 05 St Davids Cath.
Lassus: Cantatibus Organis Nov 08 St Katharine’s MH
Missa Bell' Amfitrit' altera Jly 14 St Davids Cath.
Ave Verum
Timor et Tremor

Leighton: Crucifixus Pro Nobis March 98 St Mary's H’west
March 12 St Martin’s H’west

Lloyd-Webber: Four songs from Cats May 96 Narberth

Lotti: Crucifixus April 03 St Peter’s, Goodwick

Mahler: 2nd Symph - Resurrection (recording) July 87/Jan 88 St D’s Hall Cardiff

Mason Alex: 3 Poems by Rumi Oct 08 Nantyffin, Llandissilio
Nov 08 St K’s Milford Haven

Mathias : Let the People Praise Thee Oct 92 St Mary’s, Fishguard
This World’s Joie
Shakespeare Songs 1979/Oct 84 Cardiff Fest/Fest Hall
Wedding Anthem (recording) Feb 85
Ave Rex Mar 83 Brangwyn Hall

Maunder: Olivet to Calvary Mar 94 St Martins, H'west

Mendelssohn: Lauda Sion Mar 88/Sept 96 C’diff & St D’s/Tenby
Hymn of Praise Jly 93 St Davids (Festival)
Elijah July 81 Fishguard Fest.

Moeran: Spring Songs July 13 St Davids Cath.

Monteverdi: Beatus Vir Apl 89/Apl 90 Swansea/St K’s, M-Haven
Jly 14 St Davids Cath.
Vespers (1610) Jly 86 St Davids Cath.
Oct 88 St John’s Smith Sq, London
Cantate Domino Jly 14 St Davids Cath.

Mozart: Vesperae solonnes de confessore, K 339 July 77 Fishguard Fest
May 91 Npt(P)/Steynton
July 08 St Davids Cath.
Mass in C, K 317 (Coronation Mass) Jun 87 St M’s, Tenby
May 87 N’pt Pembs
Oct 98 Prague
Ave Verum May 87 Newport (P)
Feb 87/Oct 98 Bethany, P-Dock/Prague
Oct 08 Nantyffin, Llandissilio
Requiem Mar 83 Brangwyn Hall
Sept 95 Merlin Theatre H’west
Oct 95 Prague
July 08 St Davids Cath.
Mass in C minor 17 July 04 St Davids Cath

Murrill Herbert: O Mistress Mine July 13 St Davids Cath.

Mussorgsky: Iesus Navin
Destruction of Sennacherib Oct 2011 St Davids Cath.

Noon (arr.): A Nightingale Sang in B Sq. July 06 St Davids Cath.
June 07 St Peter’s G’wick

Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli July 87
Stabat Mater 19&26 Mar Cardiff / ST D’s
Canite Tuba Dec 87 St Mary’s, H’west
Dec 96 St Katharine’s, M/Haven
? St Mary‘s Tenby

Parry: Songs of Farewell March 96 St Davids Cath.
Easter 99 St Peter’s, Goodwick
My Soul July 13 St Davids Cath.
I was Glad July 10 St Davids Cath.
June 07 St Peter’s G’wick
Nov 08 St Katherine’s MH

Pergolisi: Magnificat July 03 St Davids Cath.

Philips: O Beatum et Sacrosantum Diem Dec 87 St Mary’s, H’west

Poulenc: Four Christmas Motets Dec 87/Dec St Mary's H'west/Tenby
Dec 91 Aberystwyth
Gloria July 99 St Davids Cath.
4 Lenten Motets Easter 99 St Peter’s Goodwick

Puccini: Messa di Gloria July 78 Fishguard Fest

Purcell: Hail Bright Cecelia July 03 St Davids Cath.
My Heart is Inditing Mar 13 St Peter’s G’wick

Rachmaninov: Vespers Sept 20th ‘03 Tenby Festival
June 04 St Davids (Festival)
Oct 09 St Davids Cath.

Ramsey: O Sapientia Dec 87 St Mary’s H’west

Rheinberger: Mass in Eb, Op 109 March 12 St Martin’s H’west

Roberts, Trevor: Idyll Nov 99 St Davids Cath.
St Mary’s Cardigan
Hymn of Thanksgiving July 81 St Davids Cath.
The Love Tree 1989

Rose: Responses

Rossini: Petite Mess Sollenelle July 98 St Davids Cath.
July 83 F’gd School hall

Rubbra: Missa Cantuariensis Jly 94 St Davids Cath.
Mag/Nunc Oct 94 York Minster

Rutter: Gloria Dec 97 St Mary’s Tenby
July 10 St Davids Cath
Magnificat Oct 2nd Brecon Cathedral
Requiem April 01 St Peter’s, Goodwick
Mar/Apl 02 Wexford/Monkton Priory
Dec 98 St Mary’s, Tenby
April 14 St Katharine’s, M/Haven
Mass of the Children July7th/15th 07 Carlow/St Davids
Sprig of Thyme July 13 St Davids Cath.

Schubert: Mass in G Oct 98 Brecon Cathedral
Easter 99 St Peter’s, Goodwick
Nov 99 St Mary’s, Cardigan
Mass in E flat May 97 St Davids Festival

Schutz: Jauchzet dem Herrn July 14 St Davids Cath.
Selig sind die Toten July 14 St Davids Cath.

Stainer: The Crucifixion

Stanford: Motets – Justorum Animae Apl 2000 Christchurch Cath. Dublin
Coeli Ascendit Hodie
Beati Quorum Via
Mag and Nunc in A

Tallis Thomas: Spem in Allium Oct 05 St Davids Cath.

Tavener John: The Lamb Dec 12 Monkton Priory
Nov 08 St Katherine’s MH
Song for Athene April 03 St Peter’s, Goodwick

Taverner: Dum transisset Sabbatum April 03 St Peter’s, Goodwick

Tippett: Five Negro Spirituals (A Child of Our Time) Oct 97 Narberth

Vaughn Williams: Five Mystical Songs Gloucester Cathedral
Mass in G March 96 St Davids Cath.
March 08 Rhos y Gilwen
Dona Nobis Pacem July 99 St Davids Cath.
Fantasia on Xmas Carols Dec 99 St Katherine’s, M/Haven
Three Shakespeare Songs March 08 Rhos y Gilwen
July 13 St Davids Cath.

Verdi: Anvil Chorus Oct 97 Narberth
Hebrew Slaves chorus Oct 97 Narberth
Requiem July 9 &16 ‘05 Carlow/St Davids Cath.

Victoria : Miss O Quam Gloriosum Nov 99 St Mary’s Cardigan
April 2000 Christchurch Cath Dublin

Villette: Hymne a la Vierge Jun 87 St Mary’s Tenby

Vivaldi: Gloria July 03 St Davids Cath.
Oct 08 Nantyffin, Llandissillio
Dec 14 St Davids Cath.
Magnificat July 01 St Davids Cath.

Williams, Adrian: St Woolos Mass April 89 Swansea



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