Masterpieces of European sacred music: Celebrating 200 years of Anton Bruckner

7:00pm, Thu, 21 Mar 2024

  • Event Details
  • Type of event: Performance
    Start time: 7:00pm
    Venue: Warwick Square, Pimlico, London SW1V 2AD
    Description: Masterpieces of European sacred music: Celebrating 200 years of Anton Bruckner
    2024 sees the 200th anniversary of the composer and organist Anton Bruckner, and Chandos Chamber Choir will mark this milestone with a concert of sacred music from across Europe, centred around Bruckner’s ever-popular motets.
    The programme ranges from the Baroque composers Henry Purcell and Antonio Lotti to contemporary works, showcasing the versatility and endurance of this repertoire.

    Anton Bruckner was born on 4 September 1824 in the village of Ansfelden, near Linz, the oldest of eleven children of the village schoolmaster.  As the school curriculum included music, Bruckner’s father was his first music teacher.  Bruckner proved to be a talented organist, and started his composing career in around 1835.  
    Chandos Chamber Choir will perform several of his motets, including favourites such as Locus Iste and Christus Factus Est as well as less well-known works.
    The programme features the Baroque gems Remember Not, Lord, Our Offences by Purcell and Lotti’s Crucifixus.  This last piece is a depiction in eight parts of the crucifixion of Christ, with a series of suspensions evoking the agony of the Passion.  As each part enters, the setting resonates with the sound of hammered nails.
    This musical journey then progresses through the German Romantic composers Brahms, Reger and Rheinberger, and is concluded by a selection of 20th century and contemporary works.  These include O Vos Omnes by Pablo Casals, two pieces by the late Romantic French composer Mélanie Bonis, and settings by contemporary composers Olivia Sparkhall, Janet Wheeler and Karl Jenkins.  The latter’s setting of Locus Iste brings us full circle with its echo of Bruckner’s setting of the same text.