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“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth.”
It is with these prophetic words from the Book of Revelation that James MacMillan begins his Alpha and Omega, and that the Vlaams Radiokoor opens this new season.
After that, nothing could be more symbolic than opening with Franz Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony: left incomplete by the composer, wrapped in a haze of mystery, but also powerful and deeply romantic.
Alpha and Omega / The Death of Oscar
Sinfonie Nr. 7 h-Moll D.759 “Unvollendete”
Nänie, op. 82
On the eve of the world premiere of his Alpha and Omega, James MacMillan discusses the creation of this grand work.watch the interview
James MacMillan shares his vast experience and expertise in this unique masterclass with the Vlaams Radiokoor.watch the masterclass
Read the words to Alpha and Omega in English, French and Dutch.download text
Read the words to Nänie, written by Friedrich Schiller.download the poem
Only two movements were completed, but Schubert's eighth symphony stands as one of the greatest, and strangest, of the genre, writes Tom Service.read more on The Guardian
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