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A sense of relief is felt as the second movement begins (‘Quia apud’) with a calm statement ‘For with thee there is merciful forgiveness’ in the upper voices. The tone becomes more confident as the resultant affirmation of ‘Let Israel hope in the Lord’ approaches, before the return of material from the opening movement lends an air of uncertainty once more. The text of this psalm is traditionally found in the Mass for the Dead, and Grunenwald appends the opening incantation of the Mass as the final movement (‘Requiem aeternam’). The sentiment is one of optimism once more, however, as gentle counterpoint works its way through the choir, before the sopranos are left alone to bring the work to a close with a clear vision of ecstasy.
from notes by Adam Binks © 2009