Saturday 29 March 2008

Via Crucis receives UK premiere

'Qui passus est pro nobis.
Jesu Christe, miserere nobis.'

This exquisite choral refrain - increasing in intensity through simple repetition - punctuates Paweł Łukaszewski's Via Crucis, the UK premiere of which we gave last night in Norwich Cathedral. Impassioned, heartfelt, both large-scale and intimate, it displays an unerring sense of drama as it tells the story of Christ's Passion through the Stations of the Cross. Britten Sinfonia and Polyphony are joined by Iestyn Davies, Allan Clayton and Andrew Foster-Williams, with Roger Allam as narrator. Stephen Layton conducts. We are giving a further performance tonight in Cambridge. There are just a few tickets left: call 01223 357851.

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