The soaring heights of Romantic music

Next Sunday, May 6th, the Sydney University Graduate Choir launches its 2018 concert season with performances of Nicholai’s Te Deum and Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42 & Psalm 114.

Composed by Otto Nicolai in 1832, the Te Deum is a large-scale work for six soloists, chorus and orchestra. Today Nicolai is a largely forgotten composer, known mostly for the overture to his opera, The Merry Wives of Windsor. This performance of the Te Deum will show that he is a composer of substance, worth rediscovering.

The Sydney University Graduate Choir is delighted to also perform two more works by Felix Mendelssohn, both settings of Psalms that were heavily influenced by his passion for the music of Bach. Written in 1837, Mendelssohn described Psalm 42 as “my best sacred work”. He was not alone in this assessment. After a performance of the work at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig in 1838, Schumann wrote that “Mendelssohn has attained his highest evolution as church composer”.

Psalm 114, dating from 1841, is equally impressive. Composed for double chorus, this work concludes with a mighty 8-part fugue that will sound magnificent in the vaulted acoustic of Sydney University’s Great Hall.

The dynamic Sydney University Graduate Choir music director, Christopher Bowen OAM, leads this performance which will mark his 26th year as Music Director.

“2018 promises to be an exciting year of musical discoveries for our audiences who will have the opportunity to hear some neglected masterpieces of the repertoire for the very first time. It gives me the greatest of pleasure to bring these works from the shadows out into the light.”

The line-up for this concert includes six gifted soloists, one of whom – Joshua Oxley (tenor) – was winner of the 2017 Joan Carden Award, hosted by the Sydney University Graduate Choir.

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1 Response to The soaring heights of Romantic music

  1. Stephanie Maynard says:

    Please give Chris and the choristers my best wishes for a very successful concert

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