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Symphony of Psalms

March 21, 2020, 7:30 pm

Bristol Choral Society
Bristol Ensemble
Hilary Campbell Conductor

Sonata for Two Pianos Stravinsky
Symphony of Psalms Stravinsky
Requiem Fauré

Steven Kings Piano
TBC Piano
Vanessa Bowers Soprano
TBC Baritone

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.

Click here to buy tickets via the Colston Hall box office.
£11 to £28, under 25s £5 incl booking fee, seniors 10% discount.


March 21, 2020
7:30 pm
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Bristol Cathedral