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The discussion about The Triumph of Time brought back many memories for me. As a young concert goer in the late 70's i was introduced to Harry's music by Alexander Gibson and the Scottish National Orchestra. I still recall the feeling of excitement and wonder at hearing this vast musical landscape open up before me . I have lived with, and loved Birtwistle's music since then and recently attended the London Sinfonietta's concert of his music at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in May
The discussion about The Triumph of Time brought back many memories for me. As a young concert goer in the late 70's i was introduced to Harry's music by Alexander Gibson and the Scottish National Orchestra. I still recall the feeling of excitement and wonder at hearing this vast musical landscape open up before me . I have lived with, and loved Birtwistle's music since then
Gibson's work in promoting new Music is often overlooked - he was a great force behind the Glasgow biennial Musica Nova Festival. (Does that still happen?)
Certainly the best H&N 50 that I have heard so far.
The discussion with Joanna McGregor and Paul Griffith was very informative without pretentiousness or exaggerated claims for the music. As they said, Harrison seems to have a reputation for loud and strident music, but this piece puts that fallacy to rest.
Sadly Musica Nova no longer exists and i agree Alexander Gibson promoted a huge amount of not just Scottish contemporary music but British and International. On a related note, the previous season Gibson conducted the SNO in the world premiere of Melancolia 1 with Alan Hacker as clarinet soloist. Sadly Alan Hacker passed away a few days ago.
......................And H&N 9th June, presents Birtwistle in a very relaxed mood, might I say almost Jazzy at times (Broken Images). He seemed to have built up a reputation for being remote and condescending:
Tom Service, in conversation with Sir Harrison Birtwistle, presents this Birtwistle Portrait concert, specially recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the London Sinfonietta conducted by David Atherton
Harrison Birtwistle: Cortege London Sinfonietta
Harrison Birtwistle: Five Distances for 5 Instruments London Sinfonietta
Harrison Birtwistle: Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum London Sinfonietta David Atherton, conductor
Harrison Birtwistle: In Broken Images (UK premiere) London Sinfonietta David Atherton, conductor
3rd Viennese School
Which is a pity, as it was enjoyable, the music as well as Birtwistle's comments.
3rd Viennese School
Didn't know it was on-I was off work and have no internet at home.
Plus I was at Beckenham and couldnt hardly get a decent signal on my personal radio!
Also there was loud music on in the bar.
Er... can't think of any more excuses.
Strange that I do get to hear Hear and Now when its cxxx! ie. Olympics.
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