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UNIVERSITY CHOIR

THIS EVENT TOOK PLACE IN 2010 PLEASE NOTE: 75 MINS CONCERT, NO INTERVAL Sarah Tenant-Flowers, conductor John Keys, organ Peteris VASKS Dona nobis pacem VASKS Te Deum FAURÉ Requiem Fauré’s Requiem is the central work in this programme of contemplative choral music. Enduringly popular, Fauré’s setting is deliberately restrained and intimate, avoiding all operatic pretence. The first half of the concert is dedicated to the music of Peteris Vasks, one of Latvia’s most influential composers. Son of a Baptist minister, Vasks explores themes of spiritual and global importance through music of profound simplicity and lyrical beauty. Stylistically, Dona Nobis Pacem inhabits the same ethereal sound world as that of Górecki and Pärt’s choral writing, in which essentially uncomplicated musical ideas, described by Vasks as ‘simple, honest sounds’, are developed into intensely emotional climaxes. John Keys performs the powerful and uplifting Te Deum for solo organ to complete the first half.