Featured Podcast: Good Friday Concert
from April 19, 2019
Good Friday Concert — Requiems by Howells and Rutter
The Trinity Chamber Singers
The Trinity Chamber Orchestra
The Trinity Cathedral Choir
Todd Wilson, director
The 2019 Good Friday Concert featured two Requiems by English composers of the 20th century. The Trinity Chamber Singers sang the Requiem by Herbert Howells (1892-1983). This work was written in 1932 or 1933, shortly before the death of Howells’ son, Michael, at age nine in 1935. Michael’s death cast a shadow over the rest of Howells’ life, and the Requiem remained on the shelf until its publication in 1980, just three years before Howells’ own death.
The six brief movements set devotional psalms and scriptural passages of the composer’s choosing. This is highly personal music, often tinged with a luminous, other-worldly quality that speaks to the deepest parts of our hearts and minds.
The Trinity Cathedral Choir sang the Requiem by John Rutter (b. 1945). Completed in 1985, this work combines texts from the Requiem Mass and the Book of Common Prayer. Though it necessarily has its dark moments, Rutter’s Requiem is generally optimistic in its message of hope and comfort, expressed through the beauty of the chosen texts and Rutter’s uplifting music.