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Vasari Singers celebrates the life and music of French composer and virtuoso organist Marcel Dupré (1886-1971)

The livestream opens with an introduction by Vasari conductor, Jeremy Backhouse followed by a 15 minute feature about the composer featuring Organist and Director of Music at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City – Jeremy Filsell. Dr Filsell is a renowned Dupré scholar and interpreter of the composer’s works and shares his passion for all things Dupré with Jeremy Backhouse.

The short documentary is followed by a complete performance of Dupré’s De Profundis Op 18. This moving choral work in 9 movements lasting 45 minutes, is a setting of Psalm 130 (Out of the deep I cry unto Thee O Lord) and is the composer’s response to World War I and the closest he came to writing a Requiem. Movements of it were performed at his funeral in Saint-Sulpice, Paris in 1971.

The performance of De Profundis is split between the Vasari Singers in the UK and soloists recorded in April 2021 in Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City with Jeremy Filsell at the Miller-Scott organ.

Conceived, produced, created and directed by
Jeremy Backhouse, Jeremy Filsell
Alison Benton
(c) Vasari Media 2021

Vasari Singers: http://www.vasarisingers.org

Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse: https://www.jeremybackhouse.com/
Organist and Director of Music, Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York City: Jeremy Filsell : https://jeremyfilsellmusic.com/

Soloists in New York City
Soprano: Rebecca Kellerman: https://rebeccakellerman.com/
Tenor: John Ramseyer: https://johnramseyer.com/
Baritone: Richard Lippold (see biography below)

Vasari Singers are recorded (video) on Zoom in March and April 2021 and (audio) by Ben Turner and Paul Newis in Douai Abbey February 2001 on Guild GMCD 7220 conducted by Jeremy Backhouse and with Jeremy Filsell at the Kenneth Tickell organ. Soloists on the original recording are Helen Neeves, Matthew Beale and Colin Campbell.

Buy the original acclaimed audio recording Guild GMCD 7220 here: http://www.vasarisingers.org/albums/dupre-choral-works/

Or its partner disc ‘La France au Calvaire and other choral works’ Guild GMCD 7239 here:

Catch up with Jeremy Filsell’s current recital series of the complete organ works of Dupré via the website of Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City
Dr Filsell has recorded the complete organ works of Marcel Dupré on the Guild label

Richard Lippold, baritone has received acclaim for his solo singing, internationally, and at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and others. Unique highlights include “Joe” in Dead Man Walking (scenes) opposite Joyce DiDonato and Frederica von Stade, supporting roles in Ulysses and Poppea with Opera Omnia, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana (String Orchestra of Brooklyn), Jesus in Pärt’s Passio (Tribeca Film Festival), and many standard-opera baritone roles throughout the U.S. Concert appearances include Bach, Handel, Britten’s Cantata Misericordium, Vaughan Williams’ 5 Mystical Songs, Carmina Burana, Requiem Masses of Brahms, Fauré and Duruflé; Haydn’s Masses (recorded on Naxos), and others. Broadcasts include WQXR, WNYC, WWFM, and NPR. Conductors include Jane Glover, Andrew Parrott, Simon Carrington, Paul Hillier, Mark Morris, Julian Wachner, Stefan Parkman, and the late John Scott. In his active choral career, he has been a GRAMMY® nominee with Trinity Wall Street, a GRAMMY® winner on The Metropolitan Opera’s Ring Cycle DVD (Extra Chorus, since 2010), and a 2017 Gramophone Award nominee with the choir of St. Thomas, Fifth Avenue, where he is in his 21st season. He has also been a choral director and maintains a thriving voice studio.


6 Responses

  1. This is high quality choral work that is very moving. Pauline Bottrill

  2. Beautiful production! Exquisite soloists! Thank you!

  3. I regret never having had the opportunity to sing this wonderful work.

  4. How interesting and moving, Vasari at their best…thank you.

  5. A wonderful most moving production. Congratulations to all.

  6. Rupert Brun says:

    Thank you for this concert, I was educated, and greatly enjoyed a work I had not previously known.

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