Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem

4th April 2024

19:30 - 21:30

Royal Festival Hall

Dona Nobis Pacem - Vaughan Williams

Gloria - Poulenc

Symphonic Dances - Rachmaninov

About this event:

Vaughan Williams had served in the First World War, and Dona Nobis Pacem is his response both to the horror of the first and the looming threat of a second, culminating in a joyous vision of the ending of war through reconciliation between people and nations.

The angels’ song ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace’, which concludes the work, is also the starting point for the Latin Gloria, set by Poulenc in 1959. Though a largely tuneful and upbeat work, its more meditative and anguished moments are perhaps coloured by Poulenc’s personal experience of the loss of friends (which had turned him back to his Catholic faith), and of living in German-occupied Paris.

Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, his last major orchestral work, was written in the US in 1940. It uses a large orchestra to brilliant effect, but like many of his later compositions also betrays a yearning for his native Russia, which he had been forced to flee following the 1917 Revolution.

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Ivor Setterfield conductor
soloists to be announced
Barts Choir

Repertoire

Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem
Interval
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances
Poulenc: Gloria

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19:30 - 21:30

Royal Festival Hall

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