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Triomphale: Gala Concert at St Paul's Cathedral | London Symphony Orchestra

When
Thursday June 23, 2022 at 19:00
Where
St Paul's Cathedral, London
Tickets
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  1. Marche funèbre from ‘Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale’ (procession) - Hector Berlioz
  2. Communion: Les oiseaux et les sources, from Messe de la Pentecôte - Olivier Messiaen
  3. Sortie: Le Vent de l'esprit, from Messe de la Pentecôte - Olivier Messiaen
  4. Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum - Olivier Messiaen
  5. Apparition de l'église éternelle - Olivier Messiaen
  6. Grande Symphonie Funèbre et Triomphale Op 15 - Hector Berlioz

Sir Simon Rattle directs a spectacular, site-specific performance of Berlioz’s colossal Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale in one of the few places that can do it justice: St Paul’s Cathedral.

‘Come, you chosen heroes! Change your victors’ laurels for the garlands of immortality!’ Hector Berlioz was never one for understatement, but even by his standards, the Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale was something unprecedented: a towering monument in sound, written to be performed in an enormous public space and scored for a small army of marching musicians.

It will be a musical event on a scale that Berlioz would have recognised, starting with an atmospheric procession of over 80 musicians into the Cathedral and, once inside, using the vast, soaring interior of St Paul’s and its surroundings.

Three of Messiaen’s most personal masterpieces provide a dazzling complement to Berlioz’s one-off sonic spectacular – including solos by Simon Johnson, a former Organist and Assistant Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, and the powerful fanfare for brass, winds and percussion, Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum.





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