Fauré and Poulenc

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Event Title: Fauré and Poulenc
  • Region: Prairie
  • Venue / Location: Saint Boniface Cathedral, Winnipeg
  • Time: 2:00pm
  • Price: --
  • Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles (10+)
  • External Link: https://wso.ca/faure-and-poulenc/

MÉLODIE The exquisite Pie Jesu from Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem guaranteed the composer immortality. Fauré wrote: “everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.” Purity, objectivity, and beautifully crafted vocal lines permeate Fauré’s greatest work.

The Requiem is paired with Francis Poulenc’s Gloria, almost Vivaldi-like in its elegance. Nonetheless, Poulenc’s fierce wit and fearless light-heartedness is still present. Forsyth’s Three Métis Songs ground us in our own history as the WSO performs in St.Boniface’s grand Cathedral-within-ruins, celebrating its 200th anniversary.