Musical Director Anthony Pasquill and Bel a cappella are quickly gaining a reputation for their passion for choral music, old and new, and for bringing new works to Sydney audiences. Once again they are bringing unfamiliar works to this concert – Motetten – which features Paul Hindemith’s Apparebit repentina dies – one of the inspired works of the twentieth century.
A setting of a powerful medieval acrostic that is a paraphrase from the book of Matthew, this music rose far above the academic frame that sometimes trapped Hindemith. In Apparebit repentina dies Hindemith’s imagination ignites and soars.
Motetten brings together a cappella works by JS Bach, Brahms, Homilius and Reger as well as Hindemith and Bruckner in association with The Australian Baroque Brass, this is one concert you won’t want to miss.
The concert programme features Ich lasse dicht nicht by JS Bach and movements from Fest-und Gedenkshpruche by Johannes Brahms. Perhaps the most arresting and unusual of all the motets featured is Ecce sacerdos magnus by Anton Bruckner for mixed chorus, three trombones and organ. Even in returning to the beloved idioms of his youth one is reminded of the composer’s dictum “They would like me to compose a different way but I cannot. I must not.”
Rounding out the programme are works in German by Max Reger, a composer who was described by Arnold Schoenberg as ‘one of the most innovative composers of his time’. The integration of Bachian polyphony and Brahmsian emotionality, often typical in Reger’s music, is clearly reflected in his sacred choral works and the choir will be performing a selection of his compositions.
Tickets for Motetten are available online and limited tickets will be available at the door (unless sold prior).