This exploration of composer Liz Johnson’s chamber music and songs is deeply influenced by poetry, art and the music of Hildegard. The renowned Fitzwilliam Quartet perform Johnson’s third quartet Intricate Web selected by Sir Peter Maxwell Davis for the opening of Kings Place, London.
Clarinettist Ronald Woodley joins the Fitzwilliams to premiere Johnson’s new tour de force: the Clarinet Quintet Sea-change. Involving five different clarinets ranging from giant contrabass to the tiny E flat clarinet for the soloist, plus a range of extra instruments for the quartet, the music spans out from a meditative beginning into a world of dreams and nightmares inspired by David Hart’s poem Crag Inspector.
Liz Johnson’s unaccompanied Cello Suite is based around the life and work of artist Ben Hartley, and is woven together with Hildegard’s exquisite medieval plainchant hymn Ave generosa. Performed by Canadian cellist Heather Tuach.
The inimitable contemporary singer Loré Lixenberg performs a set of Johnson’s songs setting the poetry of Jo Shapcott, including the quirky and comic Pig and Elephant Woman, and the terrifying Watching Medusa.
Poet Caleb Klaces (son of David Hart) has been invited to read some of his own and his father’s poetry as part of the evening.
Liz Johnson’s double album Intricate Web will be available on the Métier Contemporary label in late Spring 2017. See www.lizjohnson.co.uk for more info.
Quartet No. 3 Intricate Web (2003) (10’)
Tide Purl (2013) (5’)
3 Jo Shapcott Songs: Pig, Watching Medusa, Elephant Woman (2016) (14’)
Kathleen Jamie poetry set (15’)
Quartet No.4 Sky-burial [final section] (2005) (7’)
Cello suite Reflections of an Eccentric English Artist (2015) 15’
David Hart poetry set (10’)
Clarinet quintet Sea-change (2016) (30’)
All tickets: £16.52
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