In association with Chamber Choir Ireland
This programme begins with the disconsolate darkness of the Salve Regina prayer, but in Grigorjeva’s setting, suffused with hope through long arching Byzantine-inspired melodic lines. Pärt’s Wallfahrtslied (pilgrims’ song) bridges the ravine between the two worlds of time and eternity, using the words of psalm 121. The dynamism of the string parts set against the static vocal lines gives the work a transfigured serenity. Tavener’s Ikon of Light, becomes suffused with the soundscape of Orthodox liturgy, sets St Symeon’s ecstatic text, bringing us fully into the Divine Light which is its central theme.
The text of Ed Bennett’s new work is seventeenth century metaphysicist John Donne’s resonant prayer challenging death with a vision of heavenly infinitude.
Con Tempo Quartet | Chamber Choir Ireland | Paul Hillier diector
GALINA GRIGORJEVA Salve Regina
ARVO PÄRT Wallfahrtslied
ED BENNETT - world premiere
JOHN TAVENER Ikon of Light