BBC Symphony Orchestra
6 Apr 2019, St Giles' Cripplegate, London
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BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2018-19 Season BBC Singers perform Lili and Nadia Boulanger

BBC Singers
BBC Singers perform Lili and Nadia Boulanger
17:00 Sat 6 Apr 2019 St Giles' Cripplegate, London

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This programme pairs the startlingly beautiful and harmonically daring choral works of Lili Boulanger with music by her sister Nadia.

This BBC Singers concert offers a rare opportunity to compare the musical voices of two sisters – one a Prix de Rome-winning composer, the other best known today as a pedagogue, teacher to Philip Glass, Aaron Copland and Elliott Carter, among others.

Lili’s expansive gestures and bold harmonic palette – all the more striking when you consider that they are the product of a composer still in her 20s – are showcased in the blazing Hymn au soleil and the delicate sensuality of Les Sirenes, while Nadia’s more contained musical language is at its best in miniature Maeterlinck-setting Cantique and immaculate song-cycle Les heures claires.