2 October 2021
Poulenc: Organ Concerto
Rutter’s Gloria, scored for choir, brass, percussion and organ is exultant and jubilant yet devotional with great audience appeal. Its playful rhythmic verve contrasts with serenely beautiful melodies for which Rutter is well known. Matching this work in popularity is Poulenc’s Gloria, hailed as one of the great and most beautiful choral works of the twentieth century. Its enduring attraction is a response to its simple piety interspersed with an almost mischievous and rollicking enjoyment.
Adding to the attraction of this joyful concert is the rare addition of an organ concerto performed by renowned organist Alessandro Pittorino. Poulenc’s Organ Concerto owes its popularity to the wide variety of styles varying from Bach-like virtuosic passages to a sheer playground of jollity and lyrical melodies.