The Opening Concert presents one of the grandest choral pieces ever written: Delius’s A Mass of Life.
Not a mass in any traditional religious sense, the work is instead a glorious choral celebration of positivity, of man’s will to embrace the rich possibilities of life and of our potential for strength, energy, pride and sincerity. Using a text drawn from Nietzsche’s Also sprach Zarathustra, it’s an exceptionally beautiful score and one of Delius’s crowning achievements, with music of huge joy and passion.
Sir Andrew Davis has a reputation second to none in his interpretations of British music, delivering performances full of vivid detail and visceral excitement. He’s joined by four exceptional soloists from Britain, Germany and America, and the massed forces of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus.
A Mass of Life
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis Conductor
Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell Chorus Master
Anna Christy Soprano
Pamela Helen Stephen Mezzo soprano
Robert Murray Tenor
Hanno Müller-Brachmann Bass baritone