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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Stephens, Gabrieli, MacMillan, Messiaen, Poulenc

From Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic conducted by James MacMillan. With music by Ian Stephens, Gabrieli, MacMillan, Messiaen and Poulenc.

Stuart Flinders presents a concert of orchestral and choral glories given by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir James MacMillan in Liverpool's iconic Metropolitan Cathedral. Opening with "a great choral shout", James MacMillan's hymn of praise 'Gloria' was written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the consecration of Coventry's new cathedral. It was first performed by Ian Bostridge, and Ian returns for this 50th anniversary of Liverpool's second cathedral. Messiaen's 'Forgotten Offerings' is a powerful depiction of Christ's sacrifice, written when he was barely in his 20s, and it remains a remarkable statement of belief. And proving that faith expresses itself in many forms - Poulenc's Gloria, with its distinctive mixture of seriousness and zesty exuberance. "While writing it I had in mind those Crozzoli frescoes with angels sticking out their tongues, and also some solemn-looking Benedictine monks that I saw playing football one day."

Ian Stephens: The World in One City
Gabrieli: Sonata pian' e forte a 8
James MacMillan: Gloria
Messiaen: Les Offrandes oubliƩes
Poulenc: Gloria

Elizabeth Atherton (soprano)
Ian Bostridge (tenor)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir with choirs of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
James MacMillan (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Ian Stephens

    The World In One City

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir James MacMillan.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Sonata pian' e forte

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir James MacMillan.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    Gloria

    Singer: Ian Bostridge. Choir: Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Choir. Performer: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir James MacMillan.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Les Offrandes oubliees - meditation symphonique

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir James MacMillan.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Gloria in G major

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Choir: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir. Conductor: Sir James MacMillan.
  • Post-concert

    • Jonathan Dove

      All the Future Days (i-vi)

      Singer: Kitty Whately. Performer: Simon Lepper.
      • Nights Not Spent Alone.
      • Champs Hill Records.
      • 7-12.
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      Symphony No 5 in D major

      Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
      • EMI.
    • Howard Skempton

      More sweet than my refrain

      Ensemble: Ars Nova Copenhagen. Director: Paul Hillier.
      • CANTALOUPE.

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