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A la carta: Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms

Bergen Philharmonic OrchestraGrabado en Grieg Hall (Grieghallen), Bergen, Noruega

Igor Stravinsky viewed Psalm 150 as "a song to be danced to". It was a text that contained, as he saw it, "verses of exaltation but also of anger and judgment, and even of curses". Those ideas lay behind Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, in which voices and instruments are treated as equals. This is one of Stravinsky’s most austere creations but also one of his most powerful and intriguing.

Watch this striking piece performed by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Thierry Fischer – together with the Edvard Grieg Choir, the Bergen Philharmonic Choir and the Royal Northern College of Music Chamber Choir.

Filmed in April 2019.

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