Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra: Fauré & Poulenc, March 23 - 25
Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor
Yuri Klaz, director
Lara Ciekiewicz, soprano
Matthew Pauls, baritone
Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir
Friday, March 23 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 24 - 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 25 - 2:00 pm
MELODIE The exquisite Pie Jesu from Gabriel Fauré's Requiem guaranteed the composer immortality. Fauré wrote: "everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest." Purity, objectivity, and beautifully crafted vocal lines permeate Fauré's greatest work.
The Requiem is paired with Francis Poulenc's Gloria, almost Vivaldi-like in its elegance. Nonetheless, Poulenc's fierce wit and fearless light-heartedness is still present. Forsyth's Three Métis Songs ground us in our own history as the WSO performs in St.Boniface's grand Cathedral-within-ruins, celebrating its 200th anniversary.