We begin with Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man.
A big, bold and majestic ode to America, it conjures up the vast plains, echoing canyons and unabashed optimism of his home country.
From here, we journey through 300 years of music, from celebratory Handel to devout Messiaen, and the Spanish suite of Bizet’s opera Carmen – which includes the famously jaunty Toreador Song.
COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man
VIERNE Triumphal March for the Centenary of Napoleon I
HANDEL Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
MESSIAEN L'Ascension: Majesté du Christ demandant sa gloire à son Père
CHARPENTIER Te Deum – Prelude
BIZET Carmen Suite
GIGOUT Grand Choeur Dialogue
FABIAN RUSSELL conductor
DAVID DRURY organ