Music for Galway & Galway 2020 present
Chamber Choir Ireland | ConTempo Quartet | Paul Hillier director
Journey into Light
In association with Chamber Choir Ireland
Galina Grigorjeva Salve Regina
Arvo Pärt Wallfahrtslied
Ed Bennett – world premiere
John Tavener Ikon of Light
This programme begins with the disconsolate darkness of the Salve Regina prayer, but in Grigorjeva’s setting, suffused with hope through long arching Byzantine-inspired melodic lines. Pärt’s Wallfahrtslied (pilgrims’ song) bridges the ravine between the two worlds of time and eternity, using the words of psalm 121. The dynamism of the string parts set against the static vocal lines gives the work a transfigured serenity. Tavener’s Ikon of Light, becomes suffused with the soundscape of Orthodox liturgy, sets St Symeon’s ecstatic text, bringing us fully into the Divine Light which is its central theme.
The text of Ed Bennett’s new work is seventeenth century metaphysicist John Donne’s resonant prayer challenging death with a vision of heavenly infinitude.