Under the baton of new director Niall Kinsella, and accompanied by organist David Adams, Carlow Choral Society will give a performance of Maurice Duruflé’s sublime and much loved Requiem. One of his most enduring choral works, the Requiem takes its inspiration from Gregorian chant, and Duruflé quotes themes from the Latin Mass for the Dead throughout. Similarly to Gabriel Fauré’s version, the tone of the work is meditative and consoling, expressing a vision and hope of eternal paradise.
Also included in the concert is Louis Vierne’s Messe Solennelle, epitomising the grandeur and bravura style of the French ‘Grand-Orgue’ School. Duruflé (1902-1986) was a protagé of Vierne (1870-1937), having acted as his assistant organist at Le Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris. The two composer/organists remained life-long friends, and Duruflé was beside Vierne when he died at the organ console of Notre Dame.
The programme will also feature a selection of shorter pieces by other French composers.
Niall Kinsella, conductor