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UNIVERSITY CHOIR & UNIVERSITY PHILHARMONIA
THIS PERFORMANCE TOOK PLACE IN 2008 Albert Hall, Nottingham Sarah Tenant-Flowers & Jonathan Tilbrook, conductor Kishani Jayasinghe, soprano MESSIAEN Le tombeau resplendissant POULENC Gloria STRAVINSKY Symphony of Psalms STRAVINSKY Firebird Suite (1919 version) The University Philharmonia and Choir join for a concert of 20th-century French and Russian music. Celebrating the centenary of Messiaen’s birth, the concert opens with the tone poem Le tombeau resplendissant written when Messiaen was just 24 and rarely performed. The sense of mysticism that Messiaen evokes was to recur as an affirmation of his Christian faith in his compositions throughout his life. Written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Stravinsky sought to achieve with the brilliantly effective Symphony of Psalms ‘a form of communication with our fellow man – and with the Supreme Being’. Poulenc’s joyful setting of the Gloria is one of the most popular 20th-century choral works and we are thrilled that University of Nottingham alumna Kishani Jayasinghe, now a Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artist, returns to perform as soprano soloist. Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite is one of the great, colouristic orchestral scores of the 20th-century and provides an exciting challenge to showcase the talents of the student performers.