The season opener featured works by two modern Bohemian masters. Antonín Dvořák wrote his Mass in D in 1887 for the consecration of a new chapel. Though he is world famous for his large-scale choral works, including the Stabat Mater and The Spectre’s Bride, he wrote the Mass on a more intimate scale, scored for four soloists, choir, and a simple but ingenious organ accompaniment. Dvořák called it a work of “faith, hope and love to Almighty God.”
His countryman Leoš Janáček also drew on Moravian and Slavic roots to create music of great power. Our Father (Otče náš), composed in 1901, is one of his great religious compositions, and is scored for organ, harp, chorus, and tenor solo.
Included are works by Duruflé, Holst and Rindfleisch.