Saturday Matinee Prom 4: 3rd September at 3.00 p.m. (Tippett, Taverna, Gubaidulina)
Strings and voices are centre-stage in this concert - with a solo cello taking the part of protagonists both human and divine. In Tavener's "Popule meus", the cello represents the all-merciful God in a piece which explores modern man's rejection of the Deity. In Gubaidulina's "Canticle of the Sun", setting the famous hymn to creation by St Francis of Assisi, the cello becomes the saint himself, glorying in the world around him, in life and even death.
Added to this mix, the ever life-enhancing music of Sir Michael Tippett - a suite for strings, together with a part-song setting Gerard Manley Hopkins' celebration of a bird in flight, and a motet which commemorates another formed of winged creature - the heavenly host of angels.
Tippett: The Windhover
Tippett: Plebs angelica
Sir John Tavener: Popule meus (UK Premiere)
Tippett: Little Music for Strings
Sofia Gubaidulina: The Canticle of the Sun
Natalie Clein (cello)
David Hill (conductor).