Programme 2: Best of 150 Psalms
With 80 years of exploring the wondrous possibilities of choral music, the Netherlands Chamber Choir (Nederlands Kamerkoor) is among the best in the world. Founded to perform Bach cantatas, the choir has built its reputation on its innovative approach to the canon, commissioning new works and embracing adventurous collaborations. Performing for the very first time in New Zealand, the Netherlands Chamber Choir demonstrates the sublime heights of the collective voice with two very different programmes.
In 2017, the Netherlands Chamber Choir initiated the 150 Psalms project, with four choirs performing 150 psalms from the Old Testament written by 150 composers. Now, specially chosen for the 2020 Festival, the choir presents a selection of these psalms. They sing of justice, humanity, compassion, consolation and liberation.
The 150 Psalms programme includes:
Johann Sebastian Bach Psalm 117, Lobet den Herren, alle Heiden
Felix Mendelssohn Psalm 22, Mein Gott, warum
Isaac Albéniz Psalm 6, Domine in furore tuo
Hubert Parry Psalm 39, Lord, let me know mine end
Francis Poulenc Psalm 81, Exultate Deo
Helen Bowater Psalm 15 (World Premiere)