Symphony of Psalms

Fri 3 August

Friday 3 August 2018, 7.45pm

Anna Harvey soprano
Magnus Walker tenor
Philip Dukes viola

Three Choirs Festival CHorus
Philharmonia Orchestra

Adrian Partington conductor

Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin
Boulanger Psalm 130
Walton Viola Concerto
Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms

The sparkling dance rhythms in Ravel's elegantly neoclassical suite belie the sombre dedication of each movement to a friend who had died in the First World War. Although as a worman she was excluded from the fighting, Lili Boulanger also saw the extreme toll of war and composed the touching Psalm 130 with its dark harmonies as a heart-breaking lament to loss of hope. Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, although also deeply moving, maps a journey from keening sinfulness to redemption and ferocious exaltation.

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