Joyful Voices with The Hartford Chorale

Joyful Voices with The Hartford Chorale

Joyful Voices with The Hartford Chorale

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - Sunday, December 6, 2015

Belding Theater at The Bushnell

Thursday at 7:30pm
Friday & Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 3pm

Blue Cathedral
Requiem in D minor, Op. 48
Excerpts from Messiah

Carolyn Kuan, conductor
Hartford Chorale

Richard Coffey, music director
Matthew Worth headshot
Matthew Worth, baritone
Melody Moore headshot
Melody Moore, soprano

Let joyous music warm your heart and lift your holiday spirit, as the masterful musicians of the HSO are joined by the magnificent voices of the Hartford Chorale. 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon describes the muse for her composition as being “blue like the sky, where all possibilities soar…and a cathedral, a place of thought, growth and spiritual expression.” Created almost certainly as a musical tribute to his father, Fauré’s Requiem is noted for its calm, serene and peaceful outlook. Handel’s oratorio Messiah is the most powerful telling of the Passion story – a soaring celebration of salvation and rebirth!


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The return of Casey’s Classics – recommended recordings for your listening pleasure!

Our very own Coleman Casey, HSO’s dear friend, Director Emeritus and in-house audiophile, has generously offered recommendations for recordings of the selections that will be featured on our upcoming Masterworks concert:
First, Jennifer Higdon’s “blue cathedral” has been elegantly recorded by Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, who have somewhat cornered the market on recordings of her works (TELARC).

The most beautiful version of Faure’s Requiem is in fact a rare version, one using the original reduced orchestration compared to the more modern orchestration that prevails today. The benefit is that there is greater clarity in the part writing and greater intimacy of scale, surely a necessity in this most delicate of requiems. John Rutter’s version is surely the one to have (COLLEGIUM), with his own choir and wonderful soloists.

And lastly, Trevor Pinnock’s version of Messiah still reigns supreme after thirty years, remarkable for its sheer joie de vivre (DG ARCHIV).


Caption: Jennifer Higdon, composer of blue cathedral

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