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    Leeds Festival Chorus are one of the few big choirs who can sing an unaccompanied contemporary piece and Beethoven s Mass in C on the same night †and do
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 21, 2008
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      Leeds Festival Chorus are one of the few big choirs who can sing an
      unaccompanied contemporary piece and Beethoven's Mass in C on the same
      night â€" and do both with superb musicianship. They owe much to the
      brilliance of their conductor Simon Wright.

      They have the technique to tackle James Macmillan's intricate
      eight-part antiphony in his setting of Pope John Paul II's poem
      Invocation â€" hummed chords and all â€" and to tackle Beethoven's
      full-bodied textures. And they have a full armoury of tone colours and
      dynamics.

      Macmillan's work captures the mystery of the Pope's poem in a style
      which cleverly never moves towards musical resolution. By contrast,
      Beethoven's Mass resolves each of its sections. But it is his least
      convincing liturgical work although with occasional ingenious touches
      such as the choral writing in the Lumen de lumine section of the Credo.
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