The Best-Beloved – 15 November 2015

The Brisbane Chamber Choir and The Adina String Quartet continued a musical partnership to deliver the Australian premiere of The Best-Beloved – four stunning motets on Jacobean texts – by American composer Chris DeBlasio (1959-1993).

Scored for SATB chorus and string quartet in 1990, the four motets celebrate a fullness of love – the collaborative origins of the work are described in Brian Bonin’s dissertation to the School of Music of the Louisiana State University (2009):

“DeBlasio’s presence in church choirs, with the resulting opportunities for professional
connections, led to commissions for several primarily sacred choral works.  His most famous choral work is The Best-Beloved (1990), a setting of four Jacobean sacred poems. David Varnum, the Director of Concerts at Trinity Church, commissioned the work in honor of Larry King on the occasion of his retirement as Director of Music.”

An electrifying program for chorus and strings included works by Ola Gjeilo (Norway), Elena Kats-Chernin and Matthew Orlovich (Australia), and Antonio Vivaldi (Italy).

It was an exciting concert experience of emotional depth and sincerity for all who attended.