Experience two great contemporary works in the intimate setting of Church of the Holy Trinity.
TMC and string orchestra perform faith-inspired works by acclaimed contemporary composers Arvo Pärt and James MacMillan. It promises to be a powerful experience.
Arvo Pärt’s Berliner Messe was composed in 1990. His use of chant-like declamation and slow tempos gives the piece a stately serenity reminiscent of Renaissance choral music, while his careful attention to the nuances of the language give the Latin words a familiar, almost conversational tone.
James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross was premiered in 1994. It is widely admired as one of his finest achievements. Read MacMillan’s commentary on the work.
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Listen to an excerpt of MacMillan’s Seven Last Words in the audio section.
And read more about this work in Classical Source.
“Though there are many moments of drama and violence, one is constantly brought back to a sense of quiet intimacy. MacMillan sets off his dramatic moments with meditations and bleak thoughts; it is not a minimal work, but one that conveys a great sense of space.”
Classical Source on MacMillan’s Seven Last Words
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