Russian Choral Masterworks: Joint Schools’ Choral Society
Wed, 7 March 2018
St Albans School and St Albans High School for Girls Joint Schools’ Choral Society
Musorgsky: Prologue from Boris Godunov
Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms
A composer who greatly influenced both Debussy and Stravinsky, Modest Musorgsky’s only completed opera Boris Godunov(1869-72) contains some of the great Russian choral writing of the mid-Nineteenth Century. The opera tells the epic, Nationalist tale of the titular Boris, one of Russia’s most famous and flawed Tsars who ruled at the turn of the Seventeenth Century. The rarely-performed complete Prologue depicts first the baying crowd, desperate for a new leader; then, in the most famous scene from the opera, Boris’ Coronation, complete with peals of bells and hymns of praise to the Russian motherland.
Positioned somewhere between Mussorgsky’s Romantic Nationalism and Stravinsky’s Modernism, Debussy’s Nocturnes (1899) explore three highly contrasting images with typical subtlety and wit. Beginning with a bleak study of passing clouds (Nuages), the work passes through a vivid, brilliant depiction of a day of festivities (Fêtes) before finishing with the ravishing Sirènes, in which the orchestra is joined by a wordless chorus of upper voices.
Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms (1930) remains one of the most popular works of his neo-classical period. A monumental yet reflective setting of three Psalms in Latin translation, the work is a typically pithy combination of driving ostinato, brilliant textures and powerful Chorales.
£12 - Centre middle with full view or slight restricted view
£10 - Centre back with full view or restricted view
£8 - No view
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Entry by the Cedar Tree Door, Sumpter Yard. Doors open 7.00pm. Performance starts 7.30pm and ends approximately 10 pm.
Tickets will go on sale Tuesday 19 December
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