This is Rattle: Birtwistle

Programme curated by the composer

23 September 2017 / 19:30
Milton Court Concert Hall

Ancient and modern meet in an intriguing programme that folds time back across the centuries, juxtaposing Varèse, Machaut, Byrd and Birtwistle.

Simon Rattle has long championed Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s music. Now Birtwistle returns the compliment with a personally-curated musical greeting.

In his first concerts with the LSO, Rattle reaffirms his commitment to the powerful, unmistakably personal music of Harrison Birtwistle. Birtwistle’s own vocal music – and that of his forebears – forms the heart of this musical tribute from composer to conductor.

Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC Singers in the intimate but atmospheric space of Milton Court, in a work that they co-commissioned: the poignant and profoundly beautiful Moth Requiem of 2012. But Birtwistle layers the concert with memories and echoing voices from across eight centuries - from Machaut to Byrd and Varèse. A programme as subtle and provocative as one of Rattle’s own.  

Programme & Performers

Varèse Octandre
Machaut Messe de Nostre Dame
Sir Harrison Birtwistle Pulse Sampler
Byrd Lamentations
Sir Harrison Birtwistle The Moth Requiem

BBC Singers
Martyn Brabbins conductor
Philippa Davies flute
Helen Tunstall, Hugh Webb & Lucy Wakeford harps

Produced by BBC Singers and the Barbican


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