The Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Musicians of the MCO Academy at Orchesterzentrum | NRW, perform two works infused with religious sentiments alongside conductor Philippe Herreweghe and the Collegium Vocale Ghent in Essen, Dortmund and Cologne.
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.”
Since 2009, the MCO has been training the next generation of orchestral musicians by performing alongside them, sharing their knowledge through the MCO Academy, which draws together talented musicians from across the world for a week of intensive coaching and workshops in partnership with Orchesterzentrum | NRW in Dortmund.
The MCO Academy is generously supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the Federal State of NRW, Germany.