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18 Apr

United Kingdom
 Friday, April 18, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Easter at King's
King's College Chapel
United Kingdom

Guy Johnston cello
Aleksandra Zamojska soprano
Anna Radziejewska alto
Jaros³aw Brêk baritone
BBC Concert Orchestra
Philharmonia Chorus
Stephen Cleobury conductor

“a liberating, totally absorbing creation which sweeps the listener towards a different world”
(Sir Nicholas Kenyon on The Protecting Veil)

A celebration of the life of revered composer John Tavener with one of his most well known works. The Protecting Veil is a sublime meditation inspired by the Orthodox Feasts commemorating the life of the Virgin Mary, ending with her tears. Lutos³awski’s searing Lachrimosa precedes Szymanowski’s beautiful Stabat Mater.

John Tavener : The Protecting Veil
Witold Lutoslawski : Lacrimosa
Karol Szymanowski : Stabat mater, Op 53

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24 Apr

United Kingdom
 Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Patrick Zimmerli Aspects of Darkness and Light
Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Joshua Redman

Satoshi Takeishi

Scott Colley
double bass

Escher String Quartet

Joshua Redman’s work as curator of the Wigmore Jazz Series has delivered high-octane performances at the Hall over the past two years. The saxophonist and composer returns for what promises to be a red-letter date in the 2013–14 Season calendar.

Patrick Zimmerli’s Aspects of Darkness and Light, a rich mix of jazz, classical and world music styles, blurs genre-defining boundaries to create a thrilling new listening experience.

Patrick Zimmerli : Aspects of Darkness and Light

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26 Apr

United Kingdom
 Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Codebreaker - world premiere
Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

Hertfordshire Chorus
London Orchestra da Camera
David Temple conductor
Naomi Harvey soprano

Codebreaker charts the story of Alan Turing, brilliant mathematician and scientist, key figure at Bletchley Park, who committed suicide aged 41. McCarthy's inspirational work weaves Turing's own words and those of famous poets within music both tender and stirring.

Felix Mendelssohn : Hebrides Overture, Fingal's Cave
Vaughan Williams : Toward the Unknown Region
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt
James McCarthy : Codebreaker

27 Apr

United Kingdom
 Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 6.30pm 
Words and music: an evening in three parts
CBSO Centre
Berkley Street. B1 2LF
United Kingdom

Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Viola: Christopher Yates *
Director: David Sawer ~
Actors: William Oxborrow & Thomas Howes ~
Sound by Design ~

Howard Skempton’s Only the Sound Remains for viola and ensemble takes its title from the first line of The Mill-Water, a poem on the sad loss of rural industry by Edward Thomas. The sense of nostalgia and elegy that pervades Thomas’ poem is beautifully encapsulated in Skempton’s 35-minute piece. Led by the viola, the ensemble seems to paint a series of long-forgotten landscapes, affirming Skempton’s precious ability to find beauty and expressive power in the simplest musical objects.

BCMG/SaM Apprentice Composer-in-Residence Shiori Usui has been described as a composer with ‘individual ears’ (The Times) and her music has already been performed in Japan, Europe and the US by a diverse range of soloists, ensembles and orchestras. Her new piece takes inspiration from the BBC’s Blue Planet series (originally titled ‘Deep’) and promises to transport both players and audience to the bottom of the ocean.

Skempton’s friendship with Morton Feldman was perhaps his most important single influence. Samuel Beckett/Morton Feldman’s Words and Music deliberates on the comparative power of these two modes of expression. Here presented in a strikingly unusual way, this 40-minute piece, initially written for radio, sees Joe (Words) and Bob (Music), struggle to formulate expressions on themes including love and age under the command of the mysterious Croak. At the heart of the piece is an intensely moving section in which Bob tries to teach Joe how to sing.

Howard Skempton : Only the Sound Remains
Shiori Usui : Deep
Morton Feldman : Words and Music

28 Apr 
29 Apr

United Kingdom
 Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Basel Symphony Orchestra
St David's Hall
St David's Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AH
United Kingdom
029 2087 8444

Basel Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Dennis Russell Davies
Cello Matt Haimovitz

Three minimalist classics: Harmonielehre started life as a dream in which John Adams saw a tanker in San Francisco Bay shoot out of the water like a rocket. From the glittering pulsating rhythms of its opening, through to its closing shimmering light, optimism and energy, this is a roller-coaster of a piece that never lets go for one moment. Hear it next to the fragile stillness of Arvo Part's These Words and Philip Glass's recent Second Cello Concerto, based on the music for the film Naqoyqatsi.

Arvo Pärt : These Words
Philip Glass : Cello Concerto No 2, "Naqoyqatsi "

30 Apr

United Kingdom
 Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 7.30pm 
Van der Aa: Here
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
08700 606 096

Baldur Bronnimann conductor
Claron McFadden soprano
Mark van de Wiel clarinet
Sound Intermedia sound design
London Sinfonietta

“One of the most distinctive young composers in Europe today. Michel van der Aa's ability to fuse music, text and visual images into a totally organic whole sets him apart from nearly all his contemporaries.” Andrew Clements, The Guardian

A black plexiglass cabin, spotlit on an empty stage; an anonymous female figure; a tape recorder shuffling the soundtrack; and just eleven repeated chords.

These are the bare components that make up Michel van der Aa’s intriguing and compelling and complete Here Trilogy, receiving its UK premiere.

With echoes of the spatial manipulation in the works of Escher, combining electric and natural sounds, Here Trilogy explores the clash between the individual and their everyday surroundings, creating a haunting sense of paralysis, separation and isolation.

The programme also features the world premiere of Hysteresis, a new clarinet concerto co-commissioned by the London Sinfonietta for Principal Clarinetist Mark van de Wiel.

Michael van der Aa : Memo for violin & portable cassette recorder
Michael van der Aa : Hysteresis
Michael van der Aa : Here Trilogy

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