Pegasus opened the autumn series of the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London with a one-hour concert at St Martin in the Fields church, in association with Woking and Sam Beare Hospices.
Pegasus were delighted to return to St Martin in the Fields church for an early-evening, candlelit recital of masterpieces from the German tradition of the 18th and 19th centuries – works imbued with a deep vein of meditation and spirituality.
The concert opened with J.S. Bach’s beloved Jesu, joy of man’s desiring, and continued with a radiant early motet by the same composer. Moving into the 19th century, Pegasus explored the expressive works of Liechtenstein-born Josef Rheinberger and the Austrian Anton Bruckner – the latter in three of his famous motets, with their rapid transitions from hushed intimacy to spine-tingling grandeur. Schubert’s Ave Maria and his lovely setting of Psalm 23 was followed by Brahms at his most consoling, and Mendelssohn’s heartfelt plea for peace. The concert concluded with Mozart’s sublime Laudate Dominum and Ave verum corpus.
Matthew Altham – Director
Martin Toyer – Organ
Bach – Jesu, joy of man’s desiring
Bach – O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht
Rheinberger – Abendlied
Bruckner – Ave Maria , Christus factus est, Os justi
Schubert – Ave Maria
Schubert – Psalm 23
Brahms – Geistliches Lied
Mendelssohn – Verleih uns Frieden
Mozart – Laudate Dominum
Mozart – Ave verum corpus