Pleased to update all new music lovers that the concert I attended last year at the Southbank featuring soprano Claire Booth is to be broadcast on Hear and Now on February 11th.
It will be good to hear her and her pianist again:
Thanks, Rosie: an interesting programme which it looks like they've integrated well with the "chat"!
And note the feature on Babbitt's Philomel - a terrific work, and probably our last chance of hearing Babbitt on R3 for another 13 years!
Happy to bring it to your attention - be good to hear it again.
Very excited by the Babbitt too!
Good to hear that again. I thought the chat was well done too.
I'm more for soprano/piano than oboe/percussion I must confess.
Any other thoughts?
Claire Booth is certainly my favourite soprano for contemporary music. I see Claire will be performing at Wigmore Hall in March with composers Birtwistle Goehr, PMD in tow. Whether that will be broadcast? I might break my fast and actually go to that concert.
Originally Posted by Rosie55
An excellent programme, and Milton Babbitt an added bonus. I know we've already discussed this, but I was getting impatient with all the chat. At one point a musician compared the composition process to the science of physics - hang on, aren't we supposed to enjoy music? Physics is deadly serious.
So is Music.
Originally Posted by Oddball
Both are highly enjoyable.
I couldn't agree more re Claire Booth.
I liked the NMC Songs and the Hoddinott most.
A very enjoyable programme - the Hoddinott cycle the highlight of the concert, but I also thought the Cardew and Skempton pieces fascinating. I do not quite share Oddy & Rosie's enthusiasm for Clair Booth: I didn't like her wide vibrato on louder notes, and the ends of some of the longer notes "drooped" in pitch. Barbara Beardsley in Babbitt's Philomel (the best work in the programme for me) was closer to my own "ideal", or, better still, Anu Komsi:
( ... showing, incidentally that the type of singing rather disparaged by Ms Booth in her talk is still beautiful singing given the right voice and intellect.*)
MANY thanks to Rosie, both for pointing out this event and for the Hoddinott links: a disgracefully marginalized composer whose work deserves much greater prominence in the R3 schedules.
EDIT: * = Mind you, I wouldn't want her costume to become a concert "norm"!