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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
BBC Singers
Katie Thomas - conductor

59 minutes

Music Played

  • Lili Boulanger

    Hymne au Soleil

    Performer: BBC Singers. Performer: Anna Tilbrook. Conductor: Katie Thomas.
  • Lili Boulanger

    Sous-Bois

    Performer: BBC Singers. Performer: Anna Tilbrook.
  • Nadia Boulanger

    Allons voir sur le lac d'argent

    Performer: BBC Singers. Performer: Anna Tilbrook.
  • Nadia Boulanger

    Les heures claires

    Performer: BBC Singers. Performer: Anna Tilbrook.
  • Nadia Boulanger

    Cantique

    Performer: BBC Singers. Performer: Anna Tilbrook.
  • Lili Boulanger

    La Source

    Performer: BBC Singers. Performer: Anna Tilbrook.
  • Lili Boulanger

    Les Sirènes

    Performer: BBC Singers. Performer: Anna Tilbrook. Performer: Katie Thomas.

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