Thursday 17th May 2018: Belshazzar’s Feast at Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall
From: 2018-05-17 Until:
Start Time: 19:30pm

Title(s): Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast, Respighi: Pines of Rome, Parry: I was Glad, Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe suite 2

Composer: William Walton
Choir: Barts Choir
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Ivor Setterfield

Belshazzar’s Feast is cast in one continuous movement divided into three sections, each linked by an unaccompanied solo baritone recitative. The first section deals with Elijah’s prophecy concerning the enslavement of the Jews, and laments the loss of Jerusalem. A baritone recitative then describes the splendour of Babylon, whilst hinting also at its decadence. The second section is a wonderfully colourful portrayal of the lavish feast and parade of gods, and the outrage of the Jews at the desecration of their holy vessels. The second recitative is one of the most dramatic parts of the whole work, with a spine-chilling depiction of the writing on the wall, which is followed by the sudden death of Belshazzar, reinforced by the famous choral shout, ‘Slain!’ – a Walton masterstroke. The final section is a song of praise celebrating the fall of Babylon, with nevertheless a brief lament for its passing. The work culminates in a triumphant final ‘Alleluia’. -John Bawden





RFH, Thursday 17




May, Philharmonia Orchestra,







s Feast, Respighi: Pines of Rome, Parry: I was Glad, Ravel: Daphnis


and Chloe suite 2




Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London, , SE1 8XX

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