Described by Berlioz himself as “apocalyptic,” Te Deum really is a piece of epic proportions. The premiere saw over 1000 performers including a children’s choir of 600! After the bombastic first movement complete with full brass, organ and a huge choral fugue, we hear 3 movements that share a similar pattern - periods of quiet followed by huge climaxes. The final section is the most church-like, beginning with a stately organ passage, but this too is overwhelmed by the dramatic instrumental and choral writing, before it ends to the sound of thundering brasses.
Commissioned to commemorate Russia’s victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Borodino in 1812, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture is perhaps his best known work – complete with military fanfares, Russian folk melodies and canon fire. Also performed is Coleridge-Taylor’s Petite Suite de Concert, which has an unmistakeably English essence and an understated charm which provides a great contrast to the monumental theatrics of the other two pieces in the programme.
More concerts at the Three Choirs Festival:
Jul 27 2013, 19:30 - Gloucester Cathedral
Ashkenazy in Gloucester
Jul 28 2013, 19:30 - Gloucester Cathedral
Elgar and Holst in Gloucester
Jul 29 2013, 19:30 - Gloucester Cathedral
Gardner in Gloucester
Jul 30 2013, 19:30 - Gloucester Cathedral
Layton in Gloucester
Aug 01 2013, 19:30 - Gloucester Cathedral
As part of the Three Choirs Festival, Nardone conducts Coleridge-Taylor.
Aug 02 2013, 19:30 - Gloucester Cathedral
As part of the Three Choirs Festival, Partington conducts Vaughan Williams, Elgar and Walton.
Aug 03 2013, 19:30 - Gloucester Cathedral
As part of the Three Choirs Festival, Partington conducts Elgar and Wagner.