Hodges is a refreshing artist; he plays the classics as if they were written yesterday, and what was written yesterday as if it were already a classic.
Venture into the unknown with BCMG and enjoy a concert packed with premieres (two world and three UK) and awe-inspiring soloists!
Widely acknowledged as an expert in the field of contemporary and French music, conductor Franck Ollu brings a host of UK premieres to this concert, introducing a clutch of composers new to BCMG. Dalbavie, Dusapin, Durieux and Gaussin – all noted French composers – can list the composing greats Messiaen, Xenakis, Donatoni and Boulez amongst their various teachers.
In the spirit of adventure, BCMG opens this concert with the premiere of a new piece by Swedish composer Ivo Nilsson, who studied when young with Allain Gaussin in Paris. His music is full of nervous energy, with a bright, glittering surface and Rapidità, commissioned by BCMG at Ollu’s recommendation, will form the first of an eventual six-part series of works for European ensembles.
Nilsson’s wonderfully titled Doppler Wobbler, a double concerto for viola, bassoon and ensemble, is one of several soloistic pieces in the programme. Nicolas Hodges, a pianist with a special prowess in contemporary music, joins BCMG for the UK premiere of Dusapin’s Jetzt Genau. Gaussin’s Mosaïque Céleste is a chamber concerto showcasing the world-class players that make up the ensemble.
Ivo Nilsson: Rapidità (world premiere / BCMG Sound Investment commission)
Marc-André Dalbavie: Palimpseste (BCMG Sound Investment commission 2002)
Pascal Dusapin: Jetzt genau! * (UK premiere)
Frédéric Durieux: Etude en Alternance N° 3 (world premiere)
Ivo Nilsson: Doppler Wobbler – concerto for viola, bassoon and ensemble ~ (UK premiere)
Allain Gaussin: Mosaïque Céleste (UK premiere)
Conductor: Franck Ollu
Piano: Nicolas Hodges *
Viola: Christopher Yates ~
Bassoon: Gretha Tuls ~
There will be a free pre-concert talk from 6.30-7pm with Stephen Newbould. Open to all ticket holders.
(…) Soloist Nicolas Hodges’s control of the evocative piano chords was compelling, as was the taut rhythmic discipline of BCMG’s playing and Franck Ollu’ s conducting.
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