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Conductor Stephen Layton
Soprano Sara Macliver
Baritone Laurence Williams
Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir
Director Karen Grylls
Britten Simple Symphony
Handel Music for the Royal Fireworks
Fauré Requiem [1893 ed. Rutter]
‘Once upon a time there was a prep-school boy’, wrote Britten. ‘There was one curious thing: he wrote music, reams of it’. The former prep-school boy recycled some of his best juvenilia into this captivating piece.
Handel’s splendid Fireworks Music was composed for a grand celebration, marred only by stray pyrotechnics burning down some buildings. The APO’s pyrotechnics will be solely musical.
Fauré saw death as ‘an aspiration towards the happiness of the hereafter’; his bright, serene Requiem entirely omits Judgment Day. The great British choral conductor Stephen Layton returns to the APO with Fauré’s intimate, rarely heard original version.