Belshazzar’s Feast Program Notes

The Gloria by Francis Poulenc (1899 -1963) was commissioned by the Koussevitsky Music Foundation and first performed in 1961 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Charles Munch. It was dedicated to the memory of Nathalie and Serge Koussevitsky, a former Music Director of the BSO. To many, the work seemed irreverent – this ancient sacred text from the Mass being treated frivolously with wit and humour. But what they failed to catch was Poulenc’s interpretation of liturgical joy as a swirl of musical colour and dancing rhythms.
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Belshazzar’s Feast – 2012

Belshazzar’s Feast podcast: Music broadcaster Rick Phillips chats with Noel Edison and takes a musical tour through three great 20 th century masterpieces: Poulenc’s Gloria, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast.
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Sacred Music for a Sacred Space – 2012

Sacred Music for a Sacred Space podcast: enjoy musical excerpts and learn more about this Good Friday concert in this chat with artistic director Noel Edison and music broadcast Rick Phillips.
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Festival of Carols -2011

Festival of Carols podcast: Enjoy musical excerpts and learn more about the concert in this chat with artistic director Noel Edison and music broadcaster Rick Phillips.
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A Night of Brahms Program Notes

This all-Brahms programme deals with the theme of fate or destiny, a theme that fascinated Brahms through most of his career, ranging from desolation and isolation to resignation and acceptance. The German Requiem is the most consoling and optimistic. The Alto Rhapsody portrays a disgruntled social outcast, but resolves into a sublime prayer. In Nänie (Song of Lamentation), the gods calmly lament the passing of life and beauty. But in Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates), there is no way out – no resolution, no prayer – probably the most desolate piece Brahms ever composed.
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A Night of Brahms – 2011

A Night of Brahms podcast: enjoy musical excerpts and learn more about the concert and Brahms' music in this chat between artistic director Noel Edison, associate conductor Matthew Otto and music broadcaster Rick Phillips.
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