Birtwistle at 80: Knussen / BCMG

Birtwistle's fascinating chamber music and songs

25 May 2014 / 19:30
Milton Court Concert Hall

£10-20 plus booking fee*

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Please note the piece entitled ‘Virelai (Sus une fontayne)’ has been replaced by ‘Cantata’. The revised full program is as follows:

Harrison Birtwistle
Cantus Iambeus
Monody for Corpus Christi
Fantasia on all the Notes
Four Poems by Jaan Kaplinski
Silbury Air

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Oliver Knussen
Katrien Baerts soprano

‘In the whole world there is nothing but the scent of red clover and nothing more’. Jaan Kaplinski’s poems exploring the power of nature and ‘the year’s dead end’ found particular resonance with Harrison Birtwistle, who turned four of them into songs in 1991 and are here performed by Katrine Baerts and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group as the centerpiece of a concert celebrating the composer’s 80th birthday. Focusing on the fascinating rhythms and textures of Birtwistle’s chamber works and songs, the BCMG also include the composer’s recent creation Fantasia on all the Notes, a fiercely argued chamber piece that proves Birtwistle’s mind remains as fertile and original as ever.

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This event is part of:
Birtwistle at 80 2014
Milton Court Concert Hall events
Barbican Presents 2013–2014
All classical music events - 2013–2014 season

Produced by the Barbican


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