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The concert proper begins with Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, one of the most resonant choral works of the eighteenth century. Soprano Elin Manahan Thomas (Eternal Light), a luminous icon of classical and baroque, takes the lead. It will be followed by another Venetian masterpiece – Vivaldi’s Keyword Concerto – with rising organist Stephen Farr playing the harpsichord as soloist. Together, these two works respectively present the Venetian baroque at its most solemn and lively.
The concert continues with a new Bach arrangement from composer Uģis Prauliņš (Missa Rigensis), part of a season-long cycle of new commissions. Then there are two John Adams renditions of romantic pieces – Liszt’s Black Gondola and Busoni’s Berceuse Elegiaque – before the night comes full circle with Stravinsky’s neo-classical Pulcinella, based on a play once alleged to be written by Pergolesi. London may not be Venice, but this concert looks to capture some of the joy of that city.
|What||Venice: Darkness to Light, Southwark Cathedral|
London Bridge, Southwark, London, SE1 JDA | MAP
|Nearest tube||London Bridge (underground)|
On 14 Oct 15, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Website||Click here to book via the City of London Sinfonia|