Symphonic Psalms & Prayers


Tenebrae return to disc on Signum in performances exploring the Psalms in Music. With trumpets and well-tuned cymbals, the musical and prayerful richness of the Book of Psalms inspires vastly differing offerings from composers with a myriad of approaches to combining the two worlds of the symphonic and the choral. The results are works which defy categorisation and stand the test of time with audiences and performers alike. Joined by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the choirs director Nigel Short, they perform iconic works by Stravinsky (Symphony of Psalms), Bernstein (Chichester Psalms), Zemlinsky (Psalm 23), as well as Schoenberg’s final significant tonal work Freide auf Erden.

Described as “phenomenal” ( The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine), award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision.

★★★★★ These contrasting views of how composers responded to psalm settings in the last century…add up to a highly desirable disc – Financial Times

The parallel third harmonies at ‘In wie mancher heil’gen Nacht’ are as remotely beautiful as they are hard to achieve – Gramophone

It lives up to Tenebrae’s stated core values of passion and precision – Classical Source

An excellent disc full of admirable singing and playing – Cathedral Music Magazine

You don‘t normally hear [Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms] traversed with a vocal group with the power, accuracy and security of Tenebrae – BBC Radio 3 Record Review

The musical and prayerful richness of the Psalms inspires vastly different offerings from composers – Northern Echo

This is a most interesting programme, superbly performed – Music Web International

Tenebrae and the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Symphonic Psalms is the most brilliant thing about 2018 so far – Thoroughly Good Blog

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BBC Symphony Orchestra

David Allsopp countertenor

Nigel Short conductor


BARCODE: 635212049228

RELEASE DATE: 02/02/2018

[1] Psalm 23, Op. 14 Alexander Zemlinsky

Symphony Of Psalms Igor Stravinsky
[2] I. Exaudi orationem meam, Domine
[3] II. Expectans expectavi, Dominum
[4] III. Alleluia. Laudate Dominum

[5] Friede auf Erden, Op. 13 Arnold Schoenberg

Chichester Psalms Leonard Bernstein
[6] Psalm 108: 2; Psalm 100
[7] Psalm 23; Psalm 2: 1–4
[8] Psalm 131; Psalm 133: 1

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