Earth Spirit Mass

19 September
Federation Concert Hall
Hobart

ARTISTS

Johannes Fritzsch conductor

Desiree Frahn soprano

Anna Dowsley mezzo-soprano

Nicholas Jones tenor

Jeremy Kleeman bass-baritone

TSO Chorus

PROGRAM

BEETHOVEN Egmont, Overture

EDWARDS Symphony No 2, Earth Spirit Songs

BEETHOVEN Mass in C

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THE PERFORMANCE

Before the Missa solemnis, there was the Mass in C, Beethoven’s first setting of the ancient Latin texts that have inspired composers down the generations. From the gentlest of openings to episodes of tremendous power, Beethoven’s Mass is a work of soul-stirring beauty. For orchestra, chorus and vocal soloists, the Mass in C has never before been performed by the TSO and TSO Chorus. This concert is a fitting tribute to Beethoven in 2020, the 250th anniversary of his birth.

Spirituality of a different kind underpins Ross Edwards’ mesmerising Symphony No 2, Earth Spirit Songs, which is for soprano and orchestra. Drawing upon the Latin Mass and poetry by Judith Wright and medieval German mystic Hildegard of Bingen, the Symphony No 2 ponders the eternal mysteries of nature – the dance of life and the miracle of regeneration. Fluctuating between the trance-like and the euphoric, Earth Spirit Songs is a captivating work by one of the most treasured voices in Australian music.

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‘To reach the pool you must go through the rain-forest –
Through the bewildering midsummer of darkness
lit with ancient fern…’

Judith Wright, The Lost Man

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