Portsmouth Choral Union present ‘Dramatic Classics’
It is rare for a work written almost 200 years ago to only now be receiving its UK premiere, but this is the case with Hummel’s ‘Crossing of the Red Sea’, to be performed by Portsmouth Choral Union in their Spring Concert.
Hummel, one of the less familiar classical composers was a contemporary of Beethoven and is perhaps best known to modern audiences for his Trumpet Concerto. The ‘Crossing of the Red Sea’ is an exciting and dramatic oratorio, in a style of Haydn’s Creation. Melodic arias and solo ensembles are separated by powerful, exhilarating choruses and descriptive recitatives. Of particular note is a spectacular coloratura soprano aria, describing the crossing of the Red Sea, and taking the soloist into ‘Queen of the Night’ territory. This performance, will be given in English; to a new translation by the choir’s conductor David Gostick.
This concert will also include Mozart’s glorious Mass in C minor K427 – sublime choruses and ravishing solos make this work a wonderful alternative to his ever popular Requiem. Like the Requiem, this work was never completed, but unlike the Requiem, not because of the composer’s death. It is likely that it was a victim of upheaval in Mozart’s life – he had married Costanze Weber, against his father’s wishes, and had also recently resigned from the service of the Archbishop of Salzburg.
These two great works, accompanied by Southern Pro Musica, can be heard on Saturday 6th April at St. Mary’s Church Portsea. For more information visit www.pcuchoir.org