BBC Symphony Orchestra / Litton

24 September 2014 / 19:30

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Star South African soprano Pumeza Matshikiza is the soloist in her compatriot Kevin Volansís new choral piece to mark the BBC Singersí 90th birthday. This precedes two exuberant American classics, inspired by life in New England. In My Father knew Charles Ives John Adams re-imagines Ivesís multi-layered musical soundscape through his own memories of playing in marching bands. Itís a fitting prelude to Ivesís radical masterpiece, an intricately woven mesh of hymn tunes, popular songs and his own music, performed by multiple ensembles playing at different speeds and in different keys. The result, which Ives never heard, is a vast, dynamic theatre of sound whose influence continues to resonate through American music today.

Programme & Performers

Kevin Volans The Mountain that Left (world premiere; BBC commission)*
John Adams My Father Knew Charles Ives
Ives Symphony No 4

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Litton
David Hill conductor
Pumeza Matshikiza soprano
William Wolfram piano
BBC Singers

6pm, St Giles' Cripplegate
Singers at Six: BBC Singers at 90

Part of BBC Symphony Orchestra 2014Ė2015 Multibuy
Part of BBC Symphony Orchestra 2014Ė2015

Part of BBC SO multibuy

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