On Saturday night, all that attended the QSO Faure's Requiem in the QPAC Concert Hall, witnessed a divine choir of voices and Queensland Symphony Orchestra bring heaven to earth.
The stirring vocal power featured acclaimed Baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Soprano Morgan England-Jones, and The Australian Voices.
The Queensland Symphony Orchestra is clearly committed to excellence. Every key, note, and chord, moved your spirit in such a way that you found yourself transported through an altered state of consciousness ethereally conducted by Stefan Parkman and directed by Gordon Hamilton.
The power of music never ceases to amaze me. The Goosebumps on my arms made me laugh as the choir burst into song, because it was a sign that I was hearing something special. The applause throughout and just the look on peoples faces are testament to the emotional connection that QSO and the voices were creating.
Stravinsky's Funeral Song, Britten's Four Sea Interludes, Whitacre's cinematic Cloudburst and Fauré's inspiring Requiem, submerged the night in imagination and story.
Funeral Song, Op.5 IGOR STRAVINSKY
Funeral Song, composed by Igor Stravinsky, was lost after its first performance in 1909. 108 years would pass before musicologist Dr Natalya Braginskaya resurrected it from the library of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory in Russia in 2015.
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op.33a BENJAMIN BRITTEN i. Dawn (Act I)
ii. Sunday Morning (Act II) iii. Moonlight (Act III) iv. Storm (Act I)
The Four Sea Interludes were originally the four instrumental interludes of Peter Grimes - an Opera. You can almost see the waves crashing and feel the sunrise. It was beautiful. Dawn, Sunday morning, Moonlight and Storm, events that Benjamin Britten miraculously translated into music.
Text adapted by composer from 'El cántaro roto' by Octavio Paz (1914-1998) ERIC WHITEACRE
Cloudburst was quite possibly my favourite. Composed by Grammy-Award winning American Composer Eric Whitacre. Born in 1970, at 48 years of age he is one of the most renowned choral composers alive. A book he was reading by Octavio Paz and a cloudburst he witnessed in the desert, inspired Cloudburst. The choir used bells and clicked their fingers to imitate raindrops. It felt unpredictable, natural, spectacular!
Requiem, Op.48 GABRIEL FAURE
i. Introit et Kyrie
iv. Pie Jesu
v. Agnus Dei
vi. Libera me
vii. In paradisum
Gabriel Faure's Requiem is truly an inspirational work of art. Faure wanted this piece to be different. Not just another funeral song. His aim was to make it feel like a peaceful transition. He succeeded as you can hear the calm lightness throughout the piece.
We had the most amazing time, I adored the music and how it made me feel. QSO continues to give Brisbane magical nights through the power of music. The talent we posses in Queensland is world class. Don't miss out - below is a list of upcoming QSO events.