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Duruflé Requiem (Orpheus Choir of Wellington)

The Orpheus Choir of Wellington is delighted to present a thrilling and exciting concert on May 26 at Wellington Cathedral with the New Zealand School of Music. 

For the first time in New Zealand, a performance of the full orchestral version of Maurice Duruflé's Requiem. Duruflé's work is unique in its use of Gregorian chant against modern orchestration. This combination gives the work exceptional inner drama as well as a melancholy and captivating gravity. Beautiful expression clashes with violence; the gentleness of the ‘Pie Jesu’ contrasts magnificently with the strain and intensity of the ‘Libera me.' The Requiem delivers on the promise of peace but it is won only after an intense spiritual struggle. As an additional poignancy, the Requiem is dedicated to the memory of Duruflé’s father. 

Antonin Dvořák’s faith was enlivened by his love of nature and the music he wrote for his Te Deum has an earthiness not commonly found in the more celestial world of sacred music. \With inspiration from Czech music and with hints of improvising peasant musicians, the work conjures images of a glorious outdoor festival with just a touch of the Slavic, pre-Christian past. The Te Deum was commissioned to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ first landing in the New World and the sell-out premiere at Carnegie Hall also coincided with Dvořák’s arrival in the United States.

The Choir is delighted to present this concert in association with the New Zealand School of Music Orchestra and featuring acclaimed soloists Jenny Wollerman (soprano) and James Clayton (baritone). Kenneth Young will conduct the Duruflé Requiem and Orpheus’ Music Director, Brent Stewart, will conduct Dvořák’s Te Deum.

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