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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Stravinsky - "Symphony Of Psalms (Radio Philh. Orch. & NL Radio Choir)" [Classical]

Symphony Of Psalms (Radio Philh. Orch. & NL Radio Choir)

"Symphony Of Psalms (Radio Philh. Orch. & NL Radio Choir)" music video by Stravinsky
Added: 21-11-2019
Genre : Classical
Description : Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms - Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Radio Choir - Live HD

The Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Radio Choir perform the grande and majestic 'Symphony of Psalms' by Stravinsky during The AVROTROS Friday Concert. Subtitles included!

The musical program:
Igor Stravinsky - Symphony of Psalms

The musicians:
Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Netherlands Radio Choir
Peter Dijkstra [conductor]

Friday the 8th of November 2019, live in TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, The Netherlands

The AVROTROS Friday Concert is a production by: AVROTROS / TivoliVredenburg / NPO Radio4 / Stichting Omroep Muziek (SOM)

Producer TivoliVredenburg: Bert Begeman
Concert producer AVROTROS: Manon Tuynman
Project manager RFO: Jeroen van Dijk
Project manager GOK: René Meulenberg
Stagemanager TivoliVredenburg: Emma Brouwer
Audio: Jan Stellingwerff
Music direction: Myrthe van Dijk
Camera and registration: Bas Wielenga
Score: Ferenc Soeteman
Operators: Maarten Kool and Otto de Vries
Editor-in-chief AVROTROS: Anja van Keulen
Programmer AVROTROS Vrijdagconcert: Astrid in ‘t Veld


The Symphony of Psalms is a three-movement choral symphony composed by Igor Stravinsky in 1930 during his neoclassical period. The work was commissioned by Serge Koussevitzky to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The symphony derives its name from the use of Psalm texts in the choral parts.

According to Stravinsky, the commission for the work came about from "a routine suggestion" from Koussevitzky, who was also Stravinsky's publisher, that he write something "popular" for orchestra without chorus. Stravinsky, however, insisted on the psalm-symphony idea, which he had had in mind for some time. The choice of Psalm 150, however, was in part because of the popularity of that text. The symphony was written in Nice, and Echarvines near Talloires, which was Stravinsky's summer home in those years. The three movements are performed without break, and the texts sung by the chorus are drawn from the Vulgate versions in Latin. Unlike many pieces composed for chorus and orchestra, Stravinsky said that “it is not a symphony in which I have included Psalms to be sung. On the contrary, it is the singing of the Psalms that I am symphonizing.

Although the piece was written for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the world premiere was actually given in Brussels by the Société Philharmonique de Bruxelles on December 13, 1930, under the direction of Ernest Ansermet. The American premiere of the piece was given soon afterwards by Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with the chorus of the Cecilia Society (trained by Arthur Fiedler) on December 19, 1930. The first recording was made by Stravinsky himself with the Orchestre des Concerts Straram and the Alexis Vlassay Choir at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris on February 17 and 18, 1931. "The choir, throaty, full-blooded, darkly, inwardly passionate, sing with liturgical conviction and intensity in a memorable performance."

Tags : 2019, 10s, Stravinsky