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London Philharmonic Orchestra performed World Premiere of Raskatov’s “Green Mass”

The Russian composer Alexander Raskatov has received a composition commission for a new work by the London Philharmonic Orchestra last year. Originated is the “Green Mass” for four vocal soloists, mixed choir and large orchestra which will be given its world premiere now on 30 January 2016 at the Southbank Centre (Royal Festival Hall) in London performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Vladimir Jurowski. Next to the Clare College Choir (Cambridge) the vocal soloists will be Elena Vassilieva (soprano), Lestyn Davies (countertenor), Mark Padmore (tenor) and Nikolay Didenko (bass).

In an interview in November 2015 Alexander Raskatov reports:
“Recently I finished a ‘Green Mass’ for 4 soloists, mixed choir and large orchestra. This is an oratorio of 70 min. duration. It is based on two kinds of texts: traditional liturgical Latin texts are mixed up with secular poems of different poets in different languages. These poems are dedicated to the beauty and purity of our nature. The music goes in two directions: liturgic and pantheistic.”

Before the concert starts, Alexander Raskatov discusses the world premiere of his “Green Mass” in a free pre-concert event.

30 January 2016
London
Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall, 7:30 PM
(Introduction to the concert: 6:15 PM)
World premiere: Alexander Raskatov
“Green Mass” for four vocal soloists, mixed choir and large orchestra
Elena Vassilieva (soprano)
Lestyn Davies (countertenor)
Mark Padmore (tenor)
Nikolay Didenko (bass)
Clare College Choir, Cambridge
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski (direction)

 

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