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Gulbenkian Choir at Panteão Nacional

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In the space and generous acoustics of the Panteão Nacional, the theme of Improbable Dialogues opposes contrasting musical styles and languages: Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, two prominent composers of great Russian music, with their dense polyphony; the British Byrd, Tallis, Weelkes and Purcell, and even Elgar and Holst, with their transparency and subtlety; and the German composer Johannes Brahms, with one of his greatest motets, a masterpiece of nineteenth-century choral music. In two moments, the vocal performance will be punctuated by pieces that explore the expressive and technical potential of the flute, with Amália Tortajada performing pieces by Nielsen and Varèse.



Gulbenkian Choir
Jorge Matta Conductor
Amália Tortajada Flute

Ariana Russo
Claire Santos
Maria José Conceição
Mariana Moldão
Susana Duarte

Beatriz Cebola
Joana Esteves
Joana Nascimento
Rita Tavares

António Gonçalves
Diogo Pombo
João Custódio
Pedro Miguel

João Costa
João Luís Ferreira
Pedro Casanova
Rui Borras
Tiago Navarro

Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)
Cherubic Hymn, op. 41 No. 6
(Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom)

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873 – 1943)
Bogoroditse Devo

Carl Nielsen (1865 – 1931)
The children are playing
for solo flute

William Byrd (1543 – 1923)
Ave verum corpus

Thomas Tallis (1505 – 1585)
If ye love me

Thomas Weelkes (1576 – 1623)
When David heard

Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)
Hear my prayer, O Lord

Edgar Varèse (1883 – 1965)
Density 21,5
for solo flute

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen?, op. 74 n.º 1

Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934)
Lux aeterna

Gustav Holst (1874 – 1934)
Nunc dimittis, H127

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