By far the best-known of Stravinsky's religious works, the Symphony of Psalms is formidably devout but never confessional. A double fugue suggests the way of God – not majestically Baroque, but factual, inexorable, Byzantine. A timeless "Aleluia" clinches the final impression of metaphysical grandeur and repose.
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