‘La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc’ (1928), a monumental 96 minute silent film starring Renée Maria Falconetti, was given an exquisite context of music from St Joan’s era. Chant, popular hymns, and complex cathedral motets generated a unique and compelling atmosphere.
Matching the film closely, sometimes with the same words as those mouthed on screen, the five male voices had a distinct clarity and precision. They delivered a vast contrast of sounds, some lively and joyful, others dramatic and fierce, fortified by the sonorous bass of guest singer Robert Macdonald. Although deeply academic it was also illuminating, accessible and overwhelmingly beautiful.
St George’s Church, 30 October 2015