with the BBC Concert Orchestra
Monday 03 December 2012, 7.30pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Centre), Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
BBC Concert Orchestra
Danny Driver piano
Allison Bell sprechstimme
Ruby Hughes soprano
Melanie Pappenheim mezzo-soprano
Charles Hazlewood conductor
Hysteria: uncontrollable emotional states leading to attention seeking outbursts – laughter, crying, fury. The BBC Concert Orchestra delves into the depths of the human psyche.
A hundred years after its premiere, Arnold Schoenberg’s fiercely brilliant and totally Surreal sextet Pierrot lunaire still has the ability to unsettle audiences. Based on bizarre and brassy texts by Symbolist poet Albert Giraud, Schoenberg plays music puppeteer with his landmark Opus 21. Pierrot, the sad, old, Italian pantomime clown: lovestruck, blasphemous, mocking, violent and finally nostalgic. The half-spoken, half-sung twisted melodrama with its splash of cabaret and high art reflects Schoenberg’s own numerological manias. Seven is key.
The shocking imagery of Ken Russell’s The Devils finds apt expression in Peter Maxwell Davies’ suite of music from the film, matching unorthadox visions of hysterical nuns with twisted, vulgarised parodies of religious chant in a powerful, sinister score. Jocelyn Pook’s new work, Hearing Voices, is inspired by her great aunt’s diaries and notebooks from her life in an asylum, exploring women's experiences of mental illness.
Muse’s hit song ‘Hysteria’ with its big fat groovy bass line gets an acoustic make-over from Patrick Nunn. Heavily influenced by a scene from the Pink Floyd film The Wall, the song is about wanting something or someone that’s out of reach so badly it pushes you over the edge.
This event contains explicit material and is suitable for audiences aged 16+
How to get there
- Waterloo (Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee and Waterloo and City lines). Embankment (Circle and District lines).