How Pure the Sky – with Iestyn Davies

1st April 2014

“As good as you are likely to hear, ever.”
Fiona Maddocks on Iestyn Davies in The Observer, August 2012

Internationally-acclaimed countertenor Iestyn Davies joins us as we look heavenwards for a New Moves programme which contemplates virtue, peace, and celestial heights. Bach’s meditation on purity and the resistance of sin Widerstehe doch der Sünde is performed alongside Gluck’s ravishing depiction of the wonder of Elysium from the opera Orfeo ed Euridice, and works by two of the brightest stars in the firmament of living composers, Thomas Adès and Nico Muhly (including an arrangement of Herbert Howells’ King Davidcreated by Muhly specially for this concert). Schubert’s effervescent fifth symphony – written before the composer’s twentieth birthday and filled with optimism and vitality – completes a sparkling programme. The concert will also feature stunning visuals by resident film-makers, Stanton Media, which have been specially commissioned for this performance.

Check out Iestyn Davies in action in the above video taken from his latest album of John Dowland songs with lutenist Thomas Dunford.

Thursday 1 May, 7.30pm
LSO St Luke’s

Herbert Howells (arr. Muhly) King David
Nico Muhly Drones on ‘O Lord, whose mercies numberless’
C.W. Gluck ‘Che puro ciel’ from Orfeo ed Euridice
Thomas Adès Three Studies from Couperin
J.S. Bach Cantata BWV 54, ‘Widerstehe doch der Sünde 
Franz Schubert Symphony No. 5 in B flat

Iestyn Davies (countertenor)
Nicholas Collon (conductor)

Tickets start at £12 and are available from the LSO St Luke’s website.