Saturday 18 November 2017 at 7.30pm in Exeter Cathedral
Erlöserkirche Chor from Exeter’s twin German city, Bad Homburg
Rebecca Smith, mezzo-soprano
Julian Rippon, baritone
Andrew Millington, organ
Nigel Perrin, conductor
We present two great works for voice and organ: the well-loved Requiem of French composer, Maurice Duruflé, written in 1947, and the Mass in D by Anton Dvořák, composed in 1887.
Considered by many to be his masterpiece, Duruflé’s Requiem is based on Gregorian plainchants used in the Mass for the Dead and was conceived as a memorial to his father. In Duruflé’s words it “reflects the anguish of man facing the mystery of his last ending.”
Dvořák’s Mass in D is the only one of his several masses that still exists. It was conceived for an intimate space and occasion; it is both lyrical and reflective of Dvořák’s love of nature and his confident belief in ultimate redemption.