Faure Requiem and Mahler
*Schubert (arr.Mahler), Death & the Maiden (Movt 1)
Mahler, Kindertotenlieder (Baritone Gavin Carr)
Soprano: Gemma Roper
Baritone: Gavin Carr
Conductors: Jason Thornton
*Capt Daryl Powell
Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder is a study in the death of innocence and one of his most seldom performed works. The poignancy of this song-cycle and the chamber music-like textures he employs suggests a level of intimacy that he never explores in his symphonies. Faure’s Requiem on the other hand is a study in human hope. By favouring serenity, joy and liberation over the ‘fear and dread’ often used by other composers in their requiem settings, Faure comforts and crafts music of astonishing beauty.
Gavin Carr is a celebrated baritone and conductor with wide experience in both the opera and choral worlds. Gemma Roper is a rising star and about to embark on her studies as choral scholar at Oxford University. Bath & North East Somerset’s award winning senior county youth choir, Cantilena attracts a membership of some of the best young singers from the city.