BCMG’s Sound Investment scheme has been consistently responsible for some of the best medium-sized commissions in this country in recent years.
Framed by striking pieces for singer and ensemble, the symmetry of this exciting programme sees the Group journey towards premieres by Edmund Finnis and Rozalie Hirs, with works for solo percussion and solo clarinet either side.
Finnis’ glistening, dancing music has an air of quiet mystery, possessing the elusive quality of being both familiar and strange at once. His ﬁrst BCMG Sound Investment commission departs from the standard ensemble line-up, with pairs of instruments providing unusual sound combinations. Like Finnis, Hirs writes music of a refreshingly original character. She examines and dissects sounds to a microscopic degree, creating exceptionally captivating ‘sonic spaces’. Her Platonic ID elegantly unfolds in rustling waves of rapid notes, halted by moments of calm in which short, luminous chorales suddenly shine forth.
The expressive intensity of Claude Vivier’s music, together with its compositional skill and innovation, make his oeuvre among the most compelling and distinctive of the late 20th century. Trois Airs pour un opéra imaginaire is his last completed work, and one of his best. Premiered just 17 days following his violent and untimely end in Paris in March 1983, the music inhabits a twilight realm between reality and the imagination, hinting at future directions in which his music might have travelled.
Claude Vivier: Trois Airs pour un opéra imaginaire *
Tansy Davies: Dark Ground ~
Edmund Finnis: Parallel Colour (World premiere / BCMG Sound Investment commission)
Rozalie Hirs: Platonic ID (UK premiere)
Jonathan Harvey: Cirrus Light #
Franco Donatoni: Still *
Conductor: Richard Baker
Soprano: Allison Bell *
Percussion: Joby Burgess ~
Clarinet: Timothy Lines #
There will be a free pre-concert talk from 6.30-7pm with Stephen Newbould and Edmund Finnis. Open to all ticket holders.
Stay on after the concert for an informal discussion with fellow audience members and exchange ideas on this evening’s programme. Buy a drink from the bar, or just pull up a chair, and enjoy reflecting on the concert experience for up to an hour from the end of the performance. Whether you have strong opinions or you are really not sure what you think, please come along and join the conversation!
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CBSO Centre is equipped with adapted toilet facilities, key signposting in Braille and the hall is fitted with an infra-red amplification system (receivers are available on request). Limited free parking can be arranged on request.
Access to CBSO Centre’s concert hall, bar and toilets is all flat, with no steps or ramps. The hall configuration is flexible, meaning we can accommodate specific seating requests.
Guide dogs are very welcome at BCMG concerts. You can either keep them with you in the auditorium during the concert or event, or we will be happy to look after your dog for you in the foyer while you enjoy the performance.