- Gérard Grisey 1946–1998
- Hugues Dufourt r.1943
- Pierre Boulez 1925–2016
cummings ist der Dichter
- Ludwig van Beethoven 1770–1827
Symphony No 7 in A major
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.