Classical music
Choral

The Bach Choir - Alexander Nevsky

Part of Classical Season 2017/18

Experience two modern day masterpieces: Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

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.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
David Hill conductor
Hilary Summers mezzo-soprano
Simon Ponsford countertenor
The Bach Choir

Repertoire

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

Dates & times

3 May 2018
Approximate run time: 125 mins
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where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£10 - £50
Booking fee: £2.50 (Members £0.00)
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Concessions

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