The OSM’s musicians and Chorus, conducted by Kent Nagano perform Fauré’s deeply moving Requiem, a contemplative, luminous work of great consolation and serenity that words cannot fully describe. Also on the programme: two works inspired by the faith and hope of Messiaen, one of the 20th century’s most fascinating and influential composers.
Messiaen, Trois petites liturgies de la présence divine (Three Small Liturgies of the Divine Presence), for female chorus, piano, ondes martenot and orchestra without winds*
Messiaen, Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum (And I Await the Resurrection of the Dead), for woodwind orchestra, brass and metal percussion**
Fauré, Requiem, op. 48
*May 27 and 28, 7 pm concerts only
** May 26 concert only
« It has been said that my Requiem does not express the fear of death and someone has called it a lullaby of death. But it is thus that I see death: as a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience. » - Fauré