Alexander Nevsky

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3rd May 2018
Thu 7.30pm

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Alexander Nevsky

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Barber: Agnus Dei
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky

 

 

Royal Festival Hall, London

Orchestra - Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductor - David Hill

Chorus - The Bach Choir

Mezzo-soprano - Hilary Summers

Countertenor - Simon Ponsford

Concert Synopsis

Two modern day masterpieces: Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Alexander Nevsky, which has been described as ‘the greatest movie score ever written’, incorporates folk melodies, the sorrow of the battlefield and a battle which builds to a spectacular climax. Alongside this we have Bernstein’s musical depiction of peace and unity using a magical blend of the Christian choral tradition and Hebrew verse.