Of Love and Eternity

All Hallows DCU, Dublin

11 May 2024


Robert Schumann (Germany, 1810-1856)Vier doppelchörige Gesänge, Op. 141
Pierre Villette (France, 1926-1998)Hymne à la Vierge
Peteris Vasks (Latvia, b. 1946)Silent Songs
Rhona Clarke (Ireland, b. 1958)Regina Coeli
Jean Françaix (France, 1912-1997)Trois poèmes de Paul Valéry
Nana Forte (Slovenia, b. 1981)Miserere mei
Rudolf Escher (Netherlands, 1912-1980)Songs of Love and Eternity
Andris Dzenītis (Latvia, b. 1978)Pater Noster


Chamber Choir Ireland
Krista AudereGuest Director

Krista Audere, winner of the Eric Ericson Award 2021, joins us as guest director in Of Love and Eternity, this May at All Hallows Chapel, DCU.

Exploring biblical and poetic texts on love and faith, the programme features sacred pieces by Nana Forte, Rhona Clarke, and Andris Dzentis. In Pierre Villette's best-known work, Hymne à la Vierge, he sets words by Roland Bouhéret, drawing on the early music he grew up performing, and combining it with textures and harmonies inherited from Messiaen and Poulenc.

Robert Schumann's sense of Romantic imagination shines through in his four pieces for two intertwining choruses, with texts by Friedrich Rückert, Joseph Christian von Zedlitz, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Using poetry from his home country, Peteris Vasks' introspectively evocative Silent Songs expresses the poignant hope of the Latvian experience.

Jean Francaix's Trois poèmes de Paul Valéry bring the words of the celebrated French symbolist poet to life; and Rudolf Escher's Songs of Love and Eternity accentuate the dramatic imagery in five poems by Emily Dickinson: These are the days when birds come back; Wild nights, wild nights; Heart, we will forget him; The wind tapped like a tired man; and To make a prairie.