GriseyMégalithes Hugues Dufourt Piano Concerto (UK premiere) Pierre Boulez cummings ist der Dichter Beethoven Symphony No 7
BBC Symphony Orchestra Ilan Volkov conductor Nicolas Hodges piano BBC Singers
Beethoven’s powerful seventh symphony is prefaced by a beguiling trio of modern French works in the first of two concerts pairing Beethoven with recent French music. The BBC Singers have had great success with Boulez’s now-classic work cummings ist der Dichter, which sets the poetry of ee cummings for vocal ensemble and chamber orchestra. Conductor Ilan Volkov, known for his high-voltage performances and radical programmes, presents the UK premiere of Hugues Dufort’s piano concerto with Nicolas Hodges as soloist. Dufort’s own world of sonorities reflects that of one of France’s greatest 20th century composers, Gérard Grisey. In his monumental early work Mégalithes, 15 brass players scattered around the hall will hurl sonic clusters of shimmering dissonance into the auditorium.
The concert finishes at approximately 9.30pm
BBC SO Plus: Pre-concert talk, Fountain Room, 6pm An introduction to tonight's concert.