Britten Sinfonia Voices sing Stravinsky and Mozart Masses

Easter Voices

28 Mar 2018


Maria stabat ad monumentum


Fanfare for a New Theater


Missa Brevis in F, K192


Pater noster, Ave Maria

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Concert etude for solo horn


Aequale No. 1 for three trombones


Two Movements from Tenebrae Responsaries for Good Friday



Britten Sinfonia Voices © Benjamin Ealovega


The talents of the acclaimed Britten Sinfonia Voices, conducted by Eamonn Dougan, are showcased in a special Easter concert featuring two masses written 170 years apart.  Stravinsky considered function as important as form and composed his Mass, which many consider his finest religious work, for church use, writing “religious music without religion is almost always vulgar.”  The Mass features gorgeous harmonic colours, animating the text of the Roman Catholic liturgy with voice, wind and brass.

In the run-up to writing his own Mass, Stravinsky stumbled across a handful of Mozart’s masses in a Los Angeles bookshop; Britten Sinfonia’s Easter celebration is completed by Mozart’s beautiful Missa Brevis.

Download the programme notes for this concert here

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