Seven Last Words from the Cross


Part of the annual Passiontide at Merton Festival

Choir of Merton College
Berkeley Sinfonia
Benjamin Nicholas conductor

Vaughan Williams               Lark Ascending
Pärt                                         Silouan’s Song
Tallis                                      Sancte Deus
Vaughan Williams               Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
MacMillan                              Seven Last Words from the Cross

 

Seven Last Words is regarded as James MacMillan’s masterpiece and one of the finest choral works of our time. Commissioned by the BBC in 1994, this cantata sets the final seven sentences Jesus uttered, from the dramatic opening outbursts to the final hammer-blows of the nails being driven into Christ’s hands and feet. Arvo Pärt’s Silouan's Song was written in 1991 for string orchestra. Sub-titled ‘My soul yearns after the Lord’, the work is based on a text by St. Silouan. Vaughan Williams’ masterpiece for double string orchestra is based on a hymn tune by Thomas Tallis, which will be heard before the performance the Fantasia. This concert marks the first performance by Berkeley Sinfonia, named after Mertonian, Lennox Berkeley.

Duration: 1 hour 50mins

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