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Tune in to Tenebrae: Isolation Edition

Tune in to Tenebrae – isolation edition: Benedict Flinn – Tenor (Associate Artist)

Posted on 2nd May 2020

My favourite Tenebrae track is Arnold Schoenberg’s Friede auf Erden from the Symphonic Psalms and Prayers disc. It’s one of the first pieces I sang with the group and I can remember registering in the first rehearsal a sense of wondrous fear I had never experienced before. I tap into this emotion every time I sing with Tenebrae. I hope it’s a sustainable performance method.

Besides the other excellent tracks on the ‘Symphonic Psalms and Prayers’ disc, I am currently listening to Maurice Ravel’s Ma mère l’Oye performed by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Pierre Boulez. My flatmate Jack and I are learning to play it in its original form – a piano duet. Ravel wrote it for Mimi and Jean Godebski, aged six and seven. Knowledge of this haunts us throughout our thrice-daily rehearsals.

Listen to our full lock-down playlist on Spotify here.