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Symphonic Psalms & Prayers / Short, Allsopp, Tenebrae, BBC Symphony


Release Date: 02/02/2018 
Label:  Signum Classics   Catalog #: 492  
Composer:  Igor StravinskyArnold SchoenbergLeonard BernsteinAlexander von Zemlinsky
Performer:  David Allsopp
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony OrchestraTenebrae
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Tenebrae return to recording on Signum in performances exploring the Psalms in Music. 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. Joined by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the choirs director Nigel Short, they perform iconic works by Stravinsky (Symphony of Psalms), Bernstein (Chichester Psalms), Zemlinsky (Psalm 23), as well as Schoenberg’s final significant tonal work Freide auf Erden. Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and Read more “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine), award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony of Psalms by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Tenebrae
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930/1948; France 
2.
Friede auf Erden, Op. 13 by Arnold Schoenberg
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tenebrae
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  David Allsopp (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Tenebrae
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USA 
4.
Psalm 23, Op. 14 by Alexander von Zemlinsky
Conductor:  Nigel Short
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Tenebrae
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; Vienna, Austria 

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