Saturday 11 August
3.00pm – c. 4.30pm
Michael Finnissy: Piano Concerto No. 2 (13 mins)
Brian Ferneyhough: Prometheus (23 mins)
Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Gigue Machine (12 mins) - UK Premiere
Brian Elias: Electra Mourns (c17 mins) - World Premiere
Susan Bickley mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Daniel cor anglais
Nicolas Hodges piano
The Britten Sinfonia is joined by Susan Bickley, Nicolas Hodges Nicholas Daniels for a programme of contemporary British music by Finnissy, Ferneyhough, Birtwistle and Elias.
Michael Finnissy's Piano Concerto No. 2 begins in the lower depths and explodes into transcendentally demanding piano writing before the other players enter. Harrison Birtwistle's Gigue Machine for solo piano, which Nicolas Hodges unveiled in Stuttgart earlier this year, also receives its first UK outing and Brian Elias's meticulously crafted Sophoclean scena, set in the original ancient Greek, gets its world premiere. Its cor anglais soloist, closely identified with the Britten Sinfonia as oboist and conductor, is a recent recipient of The Queen's Medal for Music.
Clark Rundell conductor