Sunday 6th November, 2016 at 2.45pm
Brighton Philharmonic concert - The Dome, Brighton
Brahms: Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny)
Brahms: A German Requiem
Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra
Brighton Festival Chorus
conducted by James Morgan.
"Without any doubt the heroes of the performance were Brighton Festival Chorus. Singing from memory brought a bite and clarity to the performance which is rare these days... The snarl and rasp of the demons, the purity of the angels, the hushed whispers of the family around the bed -all were perfectly characterised with dynamic range and beauty of line to enhance the impact of the text."
"Elgar's Gerontius is powerfully operatic in its dramatic timing and atmosphere, particularly as performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with the Brighton Festival Chorus... The packed and rapturous audience were responding to something spiritual beyond mortal understanding...Edward Gardner... seemed connected to every musician and chorister...the Festival Chorus managed huge sounds and whispered echoes with consummate ease."
"'Conductor Edward Gardner... drove the work forward with a confidence that allowed the huge sound required for so many parts to never overpower the solo voices or indeed the quieter orchestral moments....Force and delicacy were perfectly balanced as were the excellent soloists... Brighton Festival Chorus were in absolutely top form, again delicate where required but thunderously powerful too, once again proving them to be a choral ensemble of real quality."
What an amazing evening we all experienced on May 22nd. Performing Elgar's Dream of Gerontius off- book was well worth the effort and it seems our audience agreed. There were numerous highly complementary comments from Edward Gardner, soloists and audience members. In addition, Dome and Festival Chief Executive Andrew Comben selected Gerontius as his 'pick of the Festival' and the Argus chose Gerontius for one of eight Argus Angel Awards in recognition of truly exceptional performances and events during this year's Brighton Festival.