Thursday 17 Oct 2019, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London
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David Hill conductor
Raphael Wallfisch cello
Duncan Rock baritone
The Bach Choir choir
Roxanna Panufnik Four Choral Seasonsworld premiere
Bloch Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody
Debussy La mer
Delius Sea Drift
Great poetry marks the seasons in a new work for choir and orchestra by Roxanna Panufnik, presented by the Bach Choir and conductor David Hill - Four Choral Seasons sets poems by Christina Rosetti, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Shakespeare. The piece commences with Laurence Binyon’s evocative poem beginning 'Now is the time for the burning of the leaves.’
Alongside it, cellist Raphael Wallfisch performs the final work of composer Ernest Bloch’s Jewish Cycle, Schelomo. A majestic journey for cello and orchestra, it tells the biblical story of King Solomon.
The choir also performs Delius's Sea Drift, an intensely emotional work full of rich choral harmony, based on the poignant story of two seabirds in Walt Whitman's poem Leaves of Grass.