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Donald Runnicles conducts theDuruflé Requiem

20 & 21 September 2024

In the Concert Hall

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Classical Music

Sir Donald Runnicles is a master concert-maker. His concerts are always fascinating combinations – here he conducts three French masterpieces by Claude Debussy and Maurice Duruflé.

From the heights of paradise

For the first time, the Sydney Symphony will perform Duruflé’s Requiem. One of the undisputed masterpieces of the choral repertoire, Duruflé's Requiem is exquisitely beautiful, and a poignant reflection on life. Allow your spirit to soar on the delicate vocal harmonies and swelling strings. Donald Runnicles has devoted his life to the idea that music can be a healing, nurturing experience and you couldn't wish for a better guide for this ethereal, contemplative work.

Two pieces by Debussy complete this program of evocative French music.

Australian soprano Anna Dowsley and a female choir star in the sensual and decadent La Damoiselle élue, while that same choir transports you from gentle rolling clouds to festivities below and then to the ocean in the stunning Nocturnes.

Presented by Sydney Symphony Orchestra


La Damoiselle élue

Artist information

Donald Runnicles conductor 
Camilla Tilling soprano 
Anna Dowsley mezzo soprano  
David Greco baritone 

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

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