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Belshazzar's Feast | Barts Choir

Thursday May 17, 2018 at 19:30
Royal Festival Hall, London
£35, £29, £23, £17; under 26 £10
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  1. I was glad - Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
  2. Daphnis and Chloe Suite No 2 - Maurice Ravel
  3. Pini di Roma, 'Pines of Rome' - Ottorino Respighi
  4. Belshazzar’s Feast - Sir William Walton

Barts choir present Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, one of the great modern British choral works. Its triumphant première at the 1931 Leeds Festival established it as an instant classic, and Walton as one of Britain’s leading composers. Large orchestra, offstage brass, organ and double choir paint a vivid picture of the Hebrew exiles and the decadence and ultimate fall of the Babylonian empire.

Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé suite and Respighi’s Pines of Rome similarly use their brilliant orchestral palettes to conjure up the worlds of Greek myth and ancient Rome – hold on to your seats as the legions march up the Appian Way at the end!

The grandeur of a British state occasion is evoked by the dramatic opening fanfares of I was glad by Parry (the centenary of whose death falls in 2018), which inaugurated every 20th century coronation.

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