Nadia and Lili Boulanger
Katie Thomas conducts the BBC Singers and pianist Anna Tilbrook in a concert of choral and solo works by Nadia and Lili Boulanger.
A programme pairing 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.
Lili Boulanger: Les sirènes
Lili Boulanger: Sous-bois
Nadia Boulanger: Cantique
Lili Boulanger: Hymne au soleil
Nadia Boulanger: Les heures claires
Lili Boulanger: La Source
Nadia Boulanger: Allons voir sur le lac d’argent
Anna Tilbrook - piano
Katie Thomas - conductor