The first of the two movements, a closely argued, energetic sonata-allegro, has occasional echoes of Hindemith; the second, a theme with variations and double fugue
, combines contrapuntal techniques of awesome complexity with an emotionally charged, post-romantic style reminiscent of Schoenberg.
A double fugue
at the end - and I have trouble with feeding the cat and coping with corn flakes in the early morning.
A good example is the reduction of "Ihr sturzt nieder, Millionen" that follows the double fugue
His flawless technique delivered quicksilver runs, intelligent and charming clarity in all part-playing and a complex Gigue in which a hair-raising double fugue
posed no apparent problems.
There could be no doubting the choir's ability to deal head-on with the double fugues
or the Gloria and Credo, achieving notable clarity against the odds.