El Cor de Lituània a Sant Genís.

Recording  Vivancos’ Rèquiem at Sant Genís parish church in Torroella de Montgrí. Photo by ©Tono Folguera

The Sant Genís parish church in Torroella de Montgrí (Girona) was the setting for a recording of Requiem, by Bernat Vivancos, by the famous Latvian Radio Choir, regarded as one of the best chamber choirs in the world. Vivancos is the musical director of the Escolania de Montserrat boys’ choir and his Requiem is the soundtrack for Act 10 of El somni: Mercy / Death.

The Sant Genís church is the usual venue for the Torroella de Montgrí Music Festival, one of the most important festivals out there, especially as regards classical music.

In the last act but two the death bells toll: the body of Adonis, draped in veils, lies motionless on the marble, after it has been unable to survive its own attack. The air is filled with the smell of piety, the aroma of incense, and the flowers are wilting.

Accompanied by the cello of Pau Codina, the harmonious voices of the choir from Latvia, who experiment with traditional song, provide musical accompaniment for the pain of this transcendental act. Taking part in the recording team, led by the project director Franc Aleu and Bernat Vivancos, were the producer Aixalà, the scriptwriter Jo Sol, and Neu Records, responsible for the audio recording. The recording also enjoyed the material and logistical support of the Juventudes Musicales de Torroella de Montgrí.

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