Duruflé Requiem: First Church Berkeley Festival Chorus
First Church Festival Chorus
Angela Arnold, soprano
Jeffrey Fields, baritone
Elizabeth Forsyth, organ
Derek Tam, conductor
also featuring Duruflé's "Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens"
One of the most transcendent works of the 20th century choral repertoire, Maurice Duruflé's "Requiem" draws upon the ancient traditions of plainchant to create a timeless masterpiece, at once ancient and modern. The First Church Festival Chorus - an annual gathering of 100 singers from the Bay Area and beyond - will perform this work along with the composer's "Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens". An organist of great renown, Duruflé wrote a notoriously demanding accompaniment for the Requiem, which will be performed by First Church organist Elizabeth Forsyth on the church's magnificent Petty-Madden organ, built with the demands of the French Romantic repertoire in mind.
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First Congregational Church of Berkeley (View)
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Berkeley, CA 94704
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