Estonian National Opera greets All Souls’ Day with an enchanting concert in Tallinn St. John’s Church. The concert will feature Requiem by Fauré performed by Estonian National Opera Chamber Orchestra and Boys Choir. Conductor is Hirvo Surva.
Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, Op. 48 was an evolving work, which he continued to revise from its outset in 1887 as a chamber piece until the published version of 1900 for soprano and baritone soloists, a full orchestra, mixed chorus and organ.
Fauré’s Requiem is the ardent composer’s personal vision: “It has been said that my Requiem does not express the fear of death and someone has called it a lullaby of death. But it is thus that I see death: as a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience. [—] Perhaps I have also instinctively sought to escape from what is thought right and proper, after all the years of accompanying burial services on the organ! I know it all by heart. I wanted to write something different”. Its beautiful tranquillity allows all those who hear it to share in the musical and spiritual comfort of that vision of timeless peace.