In its inaugural concert of the 2015 season, the 80-voice Collegium Musicum Choir directed by Sonia Maddock and the collegium Musicum Orchestra led by Dene Olding present sacred choral music of the classical era.
Opening the program is Schubert’s joyous setting of the Magnificat canticle, originally composed for Vespers at the Lichtental church where Schubert himself was baptised.
Mozart’s setting of five psalms and the Magnificat, his Vespers ‘de Confessore’ K339 is a well-wrought companion piece and contains one of the pillars of the classical era in its famous Laudate Dominum.
Haydn’s Theresa Mass in B flat, meanwhile, represents this vital composer at the peak of his powers and has stood the test of time as one of the great mass settings. Basking in the shadowy colours of its B-flat instruments, it is a moving composition which is in turn energetic and sombre.
Conducted by choral director Sonia Maddock and accompanied by an orchestra led by violinist Dene Olding, and which includes core members of the Australia Ensemble @UNSW, this is a memorable start to UNSW’s choral year.
The programme: Schubert Magnificat in C major/Mozart Vesperae solennes de Confessore K339/ Haydn Theresienmesse
The performers: Sylvie Humphries, (soprano); Charlotte Merz, (alto); Paul Sutton (tenor); Simon Lobelson, (bass)
Collegium Musicum Choir; Sonia Maddock, director
Collegium Musicum Orchestra; Dene Olding, concertmaster
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