95. A dying woman’s cry from the abyss: Boulanger, Psalm 130

Powerful and moving, Lili Boulanger’s cry From the Bottom of the Abyss (Psalm No.130) shows her deep commitment to her faith, and to her music-writing, in the face of illness.

Diana Ambache, long-time champion of women composers, joins me to talk about Boulanger’s short life, major talent and this subtle masterpiece for huge choir and orchestra.

Listening time 42mins (Podcast 18′, Music 24′)

Music here:

The recording I’ve chosen features Manchester’s BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus and soloists Ann Murray and Neil MacKenzie, conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier. 

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