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The Bach Choir: Alexander Nevsky - discover the meaning behind the music

Thursday May 3, 2018 at 19:30
Royal Festival Hall, London
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  1. Chichester Psalms - Leonard Bernstein
  2. Agnus Dei - Samuel Barber
  3. Symphonic Dances, from West Side Story - Leonard Bernstein
  4. Alexander Nevsky Op 78 - Sergey Prokofiev

'Discover the meaning behind the music'

Two modern day masterpieces: the War and Peace of 20th century music. Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

The Bach Choir presents their first ever performance of Sergei’s Prokofiev’s cantata Alexander Nevsky. Described as ‘the best movie score ever written’, for Sergei Eisenstein’s 1938 epic film of the same name, Prokofiev conducted the cantata’s first performance in Moscow in May 1939. In this innovative rendering by The Bach Choir, the passion of the music and the poetry of the words are enhanced by a visual exploration of the piece’s conception and composition, with a portrayal of the composer as the audience’s guide. We extend an invitation to those who are intrigued to see, as well as to hear, the power of classical music.

Alongside in this his centenary year, we have Bernstein’s musical depiction of peace and unity using a magical blend of the Christian choral tradition and Hebrew verse. Samuel Barber's solemn Agnus Dei and the musical rush of Bernstein's Symphonic Dances From West Side Story complete our delve into the light and dark of the 20th century. Featuring soprano Hilary Summers.

Royal Festival Hall
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