Sacred Visions: Stravinsky And Messiaen

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Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms (arr. Keating)
Messiaen: Visions de l’Amen

Marilyn Nonken, piano and Sarah Rothenberg, piano; Houston Chamber Choir, Robert Simpson, artistic director and conductor; Jennifer Tipton, lighting design

This fascinating program progresses from darkness to light, from the exquisite harmonies of an Italian renaissance prince to two sacred masterpieces of the twentieth century. Stravinsky’s moving sacred score, a highly personal work, is presented in a rarely performed version for chorus and two pianos. Messiaen’s great two-piano cycle, recorded in 2010 by Sarah Rothenberg and Marilyn Nonken to international critical acclaim, is a virtuosic tour-de-force that builds towards an ecstatically climactic close. Da Camera collaborates once again with the stellar Houston Chamber Choir and Tony Award/MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” winner Jennifer Tipton, whose lighting design for this program transforms the music's radiant colors into a visual counterpart.

“Marilyn Nonken and Sarah Rothenberg, two authoritative interpreters of the modern repertoire…these vividly colored Visions burst with power throughout.” – Stereophile review (Visions de l’Amen, Bridge Records)

"The music, played here with the requisite exuberance and clarity by the duo of Marilyn Nonken and Sarah Rothenberg, infuses Messiaen's characteristic concerns with an overriding sense of excitement and even triumph - the harmonies are full of shimmery major chords, the rhythms are buoyant and intricate...Nonken and Rothenberg gave it an alluring, celebratory sheen." -- San Francisco Chronicle

Presented in collaboration with Houston Chamber Choir.
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By: Da Camera of Houston

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