Celestial Fire - Cello Biënnale 2016
Cappella Amsterdam conducted by Daniel Reuss
Gregor Horsch, Monika Leskovar, Martti Rousi, Nicolas Altstaedt - cello
Saeko Oguma - altviool
José Gallardo - piano
Biënnale Cello Band
Lucie Chartin - sopraan
Drew Santini - bariton
Fauré’s Requiem is and remains one of the most moving pieces for choir and orchestra. The combination of unforgettable melodies, sonorous orchestral sound (only one violin in the orchestra…) and genuine religious experience may explain the popularity of Fauré’s Requiem. And now there is an arrangement for choir and 10 cellos. The effect is breath-taking!
The Baltic countries have a long-standing choir culture and have produced some beautiful and heavenly choir pieces. Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds wrote a compelling In Paradisum for choir and cello. His compatriot Santa Ratniece gave the cello a large role in her choir piece Fuoco Celeste, to a text by Franciscus of Assisi.
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Requiem (arr. Jacobus den Herder)
Foto: Keke Keukelaar