Bristol Choral Society
Hilary Campbell Conductor
Sonata for Two Pianos Stravinsky
Symphony of Psalms Stravinsky
Steven Kings Piano
Vanessa Bowers Soprano
Not for Fauré the Requiem ‘shock and awe’ of a Mozart, Berlioz or Verdi. Refined over a decade, his Mass for the dead sustains an abiding solace discharged in the luminescent hope and reassurance of the concluding In Paradisum. ‘Someone’, observed Fauré approvingly, ‘has called it a lullaby of death’, adding that for him death wasn’t something painful but ‘an aspiration to happiness above’.
First though there’s profound spirituality of a different order as glittering woodwind, brass, two pianos and harp queue up to refract the laser-sharp light of Stravinsky’s triptych ‘symphonizing the singing of Psalms’ – ‘poems’ he confided, ‘of exaltation, but also of anger, judgement, and even curses’. It’s prefaced by more Stravinsky, this time in black and white: his wartime Sonata for two pianos, a work shot through with a crystalline neoclassicism.
Tickets will be available soon.
£11 to £28, under 25s £5 incl booking fee, seniors 10% discount.