Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Choir’s tribute to the great Russians

“CHORAL music doesn’t get more magnificent than this,” according to Classic FM.

“CHORAL music doesn’t get more magnificent than this,” according to Classic FM.

Fans of the genre will have the chance to judge for themselves on Sunday evening when award-winning and critically acclaimed choir Tenebrae play the Concert Hall in Blagrave Street, Reading.

Under the direction of Nigel Short, Tenebrae have built a reputation as one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles, renowned for their passion and precision.

Gramophone magazine has praised them as “devastatingly beautiful” while the Times called them “phenomenal”. Sunday’s concert is entitled Russian Treasures and features a programme based on Tenebrae’s 2014 album of that name.

Their 20th album, this is the first release on new label Bene Arte, established exclusively to record the choir and associated artists.

Choir & Organ magazine described the release as “majestic interpretations with a beautiful bloom on the recorded sound”. Sunday’s programme includes works by Rachmaninov, Golovanov, Kalinnikov, Glinka, Chesnokov and Tchaikovsky.

Russian choral music has been a feature of Tenebrae’s concerts since the choir’s inception, and over the years they have worked extensively with Russian language coaches whilst nurturing their own characteristics of passion and precision to deliver a heartfelt tribute to the music of these great composers.

The choir’s award-winning artistic director, Nigel Short, has built up an enviable reputation for his recording and live performance work with leading orchestras and ensembles across the world.

A singer of great acclaim, Nigel was a member of the world-renowned vocal ensemble The King’s Singers from 1994 to 2000. On leaving the group, he formed Tenebrae.

The concert starts at 7.30pm, and will be preceded by a pre-concert talk free to ticket holders, from 6.15pm in the Town Hall. The talk is presented by Philip Hesketh, and will include an interview with Nigel.

Tickets are priced £14 to £25, inclusive of booking fees, with concessions available. Admission for under-18s is £6, and for groups of 10 people or more all tickets are £12. Test-drive tickets are available priced £10 for anyone who has never previously been to a Classical Music Alive concert.

To book, call the box office on 0118 960 6060.

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