was written as a birthday present for his wife, Cosima, in 1870. (She wrote about it in her dairy,
according to the printed programme!) Not that a full symphony orchestra performed it for her to wake up to on the... read more
What better composer to open the programme than Wagner, with conductor Pietari Inkinen fresh from conducting Wagner in Europe and Australia! However, this was very different Wagner. The
Despite the "music for Easter" title of the Bach Choir's recent programme, I would imagine that most people would have been drawn to the concert by the prospect of hearing a performance in a proper church setting of Faure's supremely beautiful and perennially fresh (as it proved here) Requiem.
Quelling an element of impatience lurking within the recesses of my being at having a "first half" to get through before...