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Bertrand de Billy conducts
Poulenc Seven Tenebrae Responses
Poulenc Organ Concerto
Bertrand de Billy conductor
James O’Donnell organ
Katerina Tretyakova soprano
Stéphane Degout baritone
London Philharmonic Choir
London Philharmonic Orchestra
‘I not only admire, adore and venerate your music, I have been and still am in love with it.’
So Marcel Proust wrote to Gabriel Fauré; and beneath the subtle half-tints and serene melodies of Fauré’s Requiem lie emotions every bit as passionate as those that Proust detected. It’s paired tonight with two 20th-century masterpieces by a composer whose flippant image masked a profound religious faith.
James O’Donnell raises the roof in Poulenc’s flamboyant Organ Concerto, and Bertrand de Billy conducts the Seven Tenebrae Responses: a late choral masterpiece by a composer who aspired to ‘an austerity that smells of orange-blossom or jasmine’.