The Bach Choir presents their first-ever performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s cantata Alexander Nevsky. Based on his score for Sergei Eisenstein’s 1938 epic film of the same name, Prokofiev conducted the cantata’s first performance in Moscow in May 1939.
Alexander Nevsky incorporates folk melodies, the sorrow of the battlefield, and a battle which builds to a spectacular climax.
In this innovative rendering by The Bach Choir, the passion of the music and the poetry of the words are enhanced by a visual exploration of the piece’s conception and composition, with a portrayal of the composer as the audience’s guide. We extend an invitation to those who are intrigued to see, as well as to hear, the power of classical music.
Presented alongside the cantata is Bernstein’s musical depiction of peace and unity, which uses a magical blend of Christian choral tradition and Hebrew verse.
RepertoireBernstein: Chichester Psalms