7:30pm, Saturday 15 June 2019 St Patrick's Parish Church, Cowgate, Edinburgh
Join St Andrew Camerata in St Patrick's Parish Church on June 15th in this, their 25th anniversary year, to hear them perform the exquisite Motets of Brahms and Bruckner.
Bruckner’s music for the Roman Catholic liturgy is amongst the finest of the last 150 years and is entirely consistent with the chronology of the St Patrick's building (indeed in the year of Bruckner's death,1898, the magnificent sanctuary of the church was remodelled and a new high altar was installed). The music will sound glorious whether with the choir alone or with the blaze of trombone / organ accompaniment.
The Two Motets Op 74 of Brahms were published in 1878 with a dedication to the great Bach scholar, Philipp Spitta. This is no doubt an acknowledgement of the fact that the great German master’s influence is at its most potent in these particular pieces. Regarded as his largest and most powerful unaccompanied choral work, they are well worth hearing.
Brahms's Three Motets (Op 110 ) were composed by 1889 and published the following year, the first performance being on 13 March 1890 in Cologne. While the earlier motets had distinctly Bach-like characteristics, these pieces look back to seventeenth-century masters such as Giovanni Gabrieli and Heinrich Schütz.
This promises to be a great evening!