Wednesday 26 Jul 2017, 7.45pmWorcester Cathedral, Worcester

Frank Beermann conductor

Natalya Romaniw soprano

Sarah Connolly mezzo soprano

Claudia Huckle alto

Daniel Norman tenor

Ashley Riches baritone

Christopher Allsop organ

Three Choirs Festival Chorus choir

Strauss Metamorphosen

Rasch A Welsh Night

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Janáček Glagolitic Mass

Janáček’s towering Glagolitic Mass is in turns raw, triumphant and affirmational. After its Prague premiere, Janáček wrote that he ‘did not take the path trodden by slippers… we were a fresh spring breeze’. Similarly heartfelt is Strauss’ Metamorphosen, an anguished elegy to a ruined Europe in the closing months of WW2. The premiere of Torsten Rasch’s orchestration of his song cycle A Welsh Night (first performed at the festival in 2015) takes an altogether more private tone, setting lines of fond remembrance from Welsh poet Alun Lewis.  

This concert is part of the Three Choirs Festival series