*Postponed* Bristol Choral Society
*Concert postponed to January 2021 due to coronavirus – new date to be confirmed. Please contact Bristol Choral Society or the Colston Hall box office for more information*
Stravinsky Sonata for Two Pianos
Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms
Bristol Choral Society
Hilary Campbell Conductor
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.
£11 to £28, under 25s £5 incl booking fee, seniors 10% discount.
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