BBC SO 2013-14 Season Beethoven, Boulez and Grisey Beethoven, Boulez and Grisey

Beethoven, Boulez and Grisey


19:30 Wednesday 22 Jan 2014 Barbican HallBarbican, London Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

  • GriseyGérard Grisey 1946–1998
  • Mégalithes
  • Hugues Dufourt b.1943
  • Piano Concerto
  • Pierre Boulez b.1925
  • cummings ist der Dichter
  • BeethovenLudwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
  • Symphony No. 7 in A major Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op 92

Concert Information

Beethoven’s powerful Seventh Symphony is prefaced by a trio of beguiling modern French works in the first of two concerts pairing Beethoven with recent French music. The BBC Singers have had great success with Boulez’s now-classic work cummings ist der Dichter, which sets the poetry of ee cummings for vocal ensemble and chamber orchestra. Conductor Ilan Volkov, known for his high-voltage performances and radical programmes, presents the UK premiere of Hugues Dufourt’s piano concerto with Nicolas Hodges as soloist. Dufourt’s own world of sonorities reflects that of one of France’s greatest 20th century composers, Gérard Grisey. In his monumental early work Mégalithes, 15 brass players scattered around the hall hurl sonic clusters of shimmering dissonance into the auditorium – a not-to-be-missed experience.

BBC SO Plus Intro
6.00pm Fountain Room
An introduction to tonight’s concert
Admission free to ticket-holders for the evening concert. Limited capacity - please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

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