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BCS - Concert Notes
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Concert Notes
Fauré & MacMillan

7.30pm
9 March 2013

Bath Abbey

Faure 2013 © Peter Bradshaw

Fauré's familiar and much-loved Requiem needs little commendation, its intimate, mellifluous tone rarely rising above mezzo forte and its ethereal evocation of paradise a joy to hear.

James MacMillan's cantata was commissioned by the BBC for screening on television in seven nightly episodes during Holy Week in 1994. The title, Seven Last Words From The Cross, can best be interpreted as the seven last utterances of Christ compiled from all four gospels.

Whilst MacMillan's brilliant string-writing is rooted in the 20th century, the choral elements pay deference to both the baroque and earlier vocal styles. Features from traditional Scottish art-music are constantly evident. The overwhelming impression is one of deep spirituality and an almost transcendental intensity.

Despite the essentially sombre mood of the work, there is considerable variety within it. Movements I and IV build to electrifying climaxes before relaxing. In both II and VII, initial passion ebbs into resignation. III and VI are lyrical, but in the latter the beauty is trampled underfoot. V is a vision of utter bleakness. Throughout, the strings provide either a benign, or a frenzied, commentary affording emotional release.

Unity between the sections is achieved by a rising figure, which the composer calls a "sorrow cadence", first heard in I, and recurring in IV, VI, and VII, and by the prominence of scale figures falling in movements II and VII, and both rising and falling in IV.


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