2 events for the price of 1!
Thallein Ensemble and Via Nova perform the European Première of Morton Feldman‘s The Swallows of Salangan (1960), a work for chorus and orchestra, conducted by Howard Skempton. The title was taken from Safe Conduct, a biographical essay by Boris Pasternak.
Thallein Ensemble with Jack McNeill (bass clarinet) and players from Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, conducted by Dan Rosina, perform David Lang’s the passing measures. Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with David Lang. His BCMG and Birmingham Jazz commission the passing measures has received huge acclaim and its recording on Cantaloupe Records was named one of the best CDs of the year by The New Yorker. Lang wrote of the piece:
‘I think one of the reasons our commercial culture likes all music to be fast and snappy is because in fast music it is harder to recognize the passing of time. You listen to the tunes, to the catchy phrases, but you are not allowed to feel just how time slips away. Slow music is good for contemplation but is probably terrible for business, so you don’t get much of it in your daily life. One of the noble things you can do in a piece of ‘serious’ music is allow for an experience that can’t happen in your everyday life. the passing measures is that kind of experience.’
Morton Feldman: The Swallows of Salangan
David Lang: the passing measures (BCMG Sound Investment and Birmingham Jazz commission)
Conductor: Dan Rosina
With Jack McNeill bass clarinet
And players from Birmingham Contemporary Music Group: Ulrich Heinen (cello), Ben Markland (double bass), Hugh Seenan (horn), Alan Thomas (trumpet), Julian Warburton (percussion), Clive Williamson (piano)
Paradise Place, Fletchers Walk,
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