Jeremy Ovenden (tenor), London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. Zemlinsky: Psalm 23, Op 14. Szymanowski: Symphony No 3 (The Song of the Night).
Live from the Royal Festival Hall
Presented by Suzy Klein
The London Philharmonic Orchestra are joined by leading virtuoso, Joshua Bell for the Brahms Violin Concerto and Vladimir Jurowski leads his orchestra, choir and soloists in an intoxicating early twentieth century masterpiece from Karol Szymanowski which evokes the heady mysteries and beauty of a starlit Persian night.
Wracked by personal crises, Alexander Zemlinsky made a heartfelt cry to God in his setting of the 23rd Psalm. The music moves from trepidation to despair to ecstasy, at once sensitive and majestic. In its glistening bid for the heavenly, it makes a perfect companion to Szymanowski's Third Symphony, The Song of the Night (a setting of Jalaluddin Rumi's Sufi poetry). From a vast nocturnal landscape, a human spirit ascends to join with the divine, soaring into the ether. Languorous sensuality radiates through this all-encompassing score, the final statement in a concert that follows two acknowledged masterworks by Mozart and Brahms with two exquisite 20th-century rarities.
Zemlinsky: Psalm 23, Op.14
Szymanowski: Symphony No.3 (The Song of the Night)
Joshua Bell (violin)
Jeremy Ovenden (tenor)
London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
Vladimir Jurowski (conductor).
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