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Bach, Brahms, Reger - a moving tribute

24 November 2019

Early on Saturday morning we heard the tragic news that our former Musical Director, Sir Stephen Cleobury CBE, had died late on Friday night. Sir Stephen was our Musical Director fo 1971 until 1974, and his scrupulous and fastidious working methodology even seems to have extended to his birth and death. He was a musician so closely associated with Christmas Carols, who was born in Christmastide 1948, and who died on the Feast Day of St Cecilia, Patron Saint of Music, 2019.

Reger in Rehearsal

Our concert was, of course, dedicated to his memory, and the programme couldn’t have been more fitting. One of J. S. Bach’s most celebrated organ works, the Passacaglia and Fugue, arranged for piano duet by Max Reger, and two Requiem settings - one by Reger himself, and the culmination of the concert, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem. Of course, neither of these two Requiem settings sets the traditional Latin Requiem, but one is a poem entitled Requiem, and the other is a set of seven movements setting verses from the Bible, on death and consolation.

Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit

Indeed, Lee’s directive from our first rehearsal of the Brahms was to emphasise consolation, redemption, and hope, and to downplay the fire and brimstone. The chosen tempi were relaxed, never rushed, and always taking care to ensure there was hope - a ray of light
Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit

We were delighted to be accompanied on piano duet by our répétiteur Ivan Linford and our good friend William Thallon, and we were joined by soloists Rebecca Bottone and Gwion Thomas. Rebecca’s movement Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit, was a particular highlight - not accompanied by piano duet, but piano solo, as a simple song, with a small semichorus singing with her, all unconnected, with the choir sat down. A sudden moment of total intimacy in what was a truly memorable and moving evening.
Our pianists rehearsing Bach's Passacaglia