December 21, 2017 at 17.00 in Tallinn St. John’s Church
Conductor: Vello Pähn
Soloists: Kadri Kipper (soprano), Reigo Tamm (tenor), Ain Anger (bass), Raiko Raalik (bass)
Estonian National Opera Chorus and Orchestra
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 constructed a piece that has communicated and resonated with audiences since the nineteenth century.
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.
In addition, beloved Christmas songs will be performed.