MacMillan’s Stabat Mater
The musical richness of Christian tradition meets an inspirational vision of faith in this intimate concert at Sydney’s newest arts precinct at Walsh Bay.
Australian composers Matthew Orlovich, Daniel Brinsmead and Andrew Anderson offer fervent and heartfelt expressions of joy, celebration and simple devotion. Arvo Pärt’s signature bell-like style is represented by two of his most popular instrumental meditations.
At the heart of this concert is music by James MacMillan, whose sublime anthem “Who Shall Separate Us?” was heard in the funeral service for Elizabeth II. His setting of the Stabat Mater is a fiercely impassioned evocation of Mary’s grief at the foot of the cross, finding soaring moments of extraordinary beauty and consolation in the heart-breaking drama of this most sorrowful of Christian texts. The Stabat Mater might be a 13th-century litany but in MacMillan’s hands it becomes a deeply personal and devastatingly immediate account of a mother’s anguish.
Andrew ANDERSON I Sing in My Heart*†
Arvo PÄRT Festina lente
Arvo PÄRT Fratres
Matthew ORLOVICH Joyful, Joyful!†
Daniel BRINSMEAD Cantate Domino*†
James MACMILLAN Stabat Mater**
† From 100 Minutes of New Australian Music Project
** Australian premiere
Brett Weymark conductor
Sydney Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra
Presented by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs