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How Pure the Sky

How Pure the Sky

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

“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 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 David created 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.