Bristol Choral Society
Hilary Campbell – conductor
Steven Kings – piano
Marija Struckova – piano
Vanessa Bowers – soprano
Jamie W Hall – baritone
Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms
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 Paradisium.
First though there’s profound spirituality of a different order as glittering woodwind, brass, two pianos and harp queue up to reflect the laser-sharp light of Stravinsky’s triptych ‘symphonising the singing of Psalms’.
It’s prefaced by more Stravinsky, his time in black and white: his wartime Sonata for two pianos, a work shot through with crystalline neoclassicism.
Tickets from £11 to £28, under 25s £5. Seniors 10% discount. Available online from Bristol Beacon box office