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De profundis

On Saturday I went to hear a concert given by York Minster's Chapter House Choir. The concert was a selection of Easter music, and I will admit that I didn't know exactly what to expect.

The accoustics and interior of the Chapter House, built in the 13th century, are remarkable, and the choir themselves are highly talented. Knowing this didn't prepare me for the second work on the programme, however.

My breath was taken clean away by the performance of Jozsef Karai's De profundis. I don't think I can ever recall being in such a state of near-shock at a piece of music before. The rest of the concert, excellent as it was, paled completely.

I've since started to look for a copy of Karai's choral works, so I can hear this piece again. Sadly, the "buy now" graphic on the record company's web site isn't linked anywhere.

West front of York Minster

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