Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Apocalypse in the Cathedral

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Apocalypse in the Cathedral

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Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON

LSO/Colin Davis St Paul's Cathedral

THE City of London Festival has some stunning venues at its disposal, but they don't come any more spectacular than St Paul's Cathedral.

What better location, then, to bring the festival to a resounding climax with the apocalyptic grandeur of the Verdi Requiem?

As perhaps the supreme expression of communal grief articulated in an unashamedly public arena, the Requiem also provided an entirely apposite performance to dedicate to the victims of last Thursday's atrocity with a minute's silence at the start.

Inevitably, a large percentage of the sound generated by the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (both seemingly on good form) was lost in the magnificently refurbished dome.

Most of the counterpoint in the fugues of the Sanctus and the Libera Me therefore had to be taken on trust - even from one of the best seats in the house.

Elsewhere, Davis was able to play to the building's strengths, sending the thunderclaps of the Dies Irae ricocheting round the walls and conjuring an effect of immeasurable infinity with the distant trumpets of the Last Judgment. …

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