s Symphony of Psalms – Collegium Vocale Gent

Collegium Vocale Gent


03/03/2022 — 20:00
Philharmonie | Essen | DE

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)
Symphonie de Psaumes

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896)
Symphony No.2

Collegium Vocale Gent 
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Philippe Herreweghe


Symphony of Psalms

Bruckner’s all-consuming faith dominated his life and work. This shy, reserved, and self-effacing Catholic had spent most of his life as an organist, only venturing to construct his distinctive and towering symphonic edifices later in life. The second symphony was first completed in 1872, but like all of his symphonies, underwent extensive and repeated revisions over the years. The version performed here is the second, from 1877. Opening the programme is Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, featuring Herreweghe’s Collegium Vocale Ghent intoning liturgical texts in Latin over a neoclassical score that unusually omits clarinets, violins and violas from the orchestration. “It is not a symphony in which I have included Psalms to be sung” Stravinsky said. “On the contrary, it is the singing of the Psalms that I am symphonizing.”