Brahms’ masterful Requiem is famously technically challenging and demanding to sing, with many changes in tempo, rhythm and pitch, but all voices managed the dynamic nuances and shifts brilliantly and with seeming ease.
Entries were confident, crisp and on point. The fugue sections were delivered with attentive and expressive commitment and with close attention to the meaning of the work, which was one of the highlights of the evening.
One audience member, a long-term supporter of the choir, was fulsome in praise of its harmony: “One thing I like about Luminosa’s singing is that there are no individual singers who stand out. Each part sounds like one voice.”
Luminosa is lucky to have gained a number of new members and their contribution to the choir’s blended sound, conducted by choral director Rebekah Abbott, is already noticeable.
The accompaniment of piano with four hands was an inspired decision, and pianists Adam Blosse and Valentina Seferinova produced an animated, virtuoso performance, not only throughout Brahms’ Requiem but also in their superlative presentation of Debussy’s Petite Suite which opened the concert.
Soprano soloist Ella da Jongh once again delivered an exquisite performance with wonderful soaring tones, particularly in Movement V. Joe Chalmers’ warm, rich baritone added real depth and colour to the performance.
What is evident about Luminosa is the choir’s versatility and growth. Attention to detail and a bid for excellence in every concert set them apart. They just keep getting better and better.
Luminosa will perform Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil and Morten Lauridson’s Lux Aeterna, accompanied by organist Michael Higgins, at All Saints Church in The Burys, Odiham, on March 25 at 7pm. For tickets, priced £15 (under-12s £5), visit www.luminosamusic.com