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Symphonic Psalms and Prayers

Symphonic Psalms and Prayers

With trumpets and well-tuned cymbals, the musical and prayerful richness of The Book of Psalms inspires vastly differing offerings from composers with a myriad of approaches to combining the two worlds of the symphonic and the choral. The results are works which defy categorisation and stand the test of time with audiences and performers alike. Tenebrae and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Nigel Short, perform iconic works by American and American émigré composers: Bernstein, Schoenberg, Stravinsky and Zemlinsky. This release also marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein in 2018 and highlights the richness of American twentieth-century music.

Tenebrae
BBC Symphony Orchestra
David Allsopp countertenor
Nigel Short conductor

Produced in association with BBC Radio 3.

Leonard Bernstein at 100


Bringing together Bernstein, Stravinsky, Schoenberg and Zemlinsky has turned out to be a master stroke of programming by Nigel Short and his expert, small professional choir, Tenebrae.

Financial Times

Release Date: 02 February 2018

Record Label: Signum

Catalogue Number: SIGCD492

Location of Recording: BBC Maida Vale Studios and St Augustine’s Church, Kilburn, London

Total Running Time: 01:00:28

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# Title Composer Duration Price Listen Add to Cart
1I. Exaudi orationem meam, Domine: Symphony of PsalmsIgor Stravinsky03:20£ Listen
2II. Expectans expectavi, Dominum: Symphony of PsalmsIgor Stravinsky06:23£ Listen
3III. Alleluia. Laudate Dominum: Symphony of PsalmsIgor Stravinsky11:44£ Listen
4Friede auf Erden, Op. 13Arnold Schoenberg10:30£ Listen
5Psalm 108: 2 Psalm 100: Chichester PsalmsLeonard Bernstein03:42£ Listen
6Psalm 23 Psalm 2: 1–4: Chichester PsalmsLeonard Bernstein05:31£ Listen
7Psalm 131 Psalm 133: 1: Chichester PsalmsLeonard Bernstein09:23£ Listen
8Psalm 23, Op. 14Alexander Zemlinsky10:53£ Listen
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Bringing together Bernstein, Stravinsky, Schoenberg and Zemlinsky has turned out to be a master stroke of programming by Nigel Short and his expert, small professional choir, Tenebrae.

Financial Times

“There is an arresting immediacy to both performance and recording… What a sound!”

Gramophone Magazine

Countertenor David Allsopp displays beguiling poise and tonal purity in ‘The Lord is my shepherd’, while the Tenebrae singers contribute a precision-tooled ‘raging nations’ section to that movement. Short’s flowing tempo in the finale dilutes the danger of sentimentality, and the hushed coda is particularly captivating… these Tenebrae performances will reward repeated listening.

BBC Music Magazine
News

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Guest Blog: Beth Partridge – Associate Artist

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