With Catherine Bott. Prom featuring new music with ancient roots, by Judith Weir, Thea Musgrave, Bayan Northcott, Brian Ferneyhough, John Taverner, Jonathan Harvey, Gabriel Jackson.
BBC PROMS 2010
Live from Cadogan Hall, London
Presented by Catherine Bott
Music which casts a glance over its shoulder to the works of previous generations is the keynote of this Proms Saturday Matinee, including pieces by living composers which have been inspired by the music of earlier times.
Judith Weir's All the Ends of the Earth takes as its starting-point the newly-invented style of four-part singing developed at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in the 13th century, while Brian Ferneyhough's work for string quartet is based on music by the Tudor composer Christopher Tye. Jonathan Harvey's motet for Easter is inspired by the work of Tye's contemporary John Taverner, as is Gabriel Jackson's new piece, a BBC commission, which makes a 21st-century contribution to the popular Renaissance form initiated by Taverner, the In nomine.
Completing the programme, another BBC commission by the Edinburgh-born but California-based Thea Musgrave. Ithaca sets a modern poetic description of Odysseus' epic journey back to his island home after the Trojan Wars. And - a classical companion-piece - Bayan Northcott, in his Hymn to Cybele, sets words by Catullus in honour of the wild mountain Mother-Goddess whose followers were noted for their orgiastic nocturnal dances of self-mutilation.
Judith Weir: All the Ends of the Earth
Thea Musgrave: Ithaca (BBC commission; World Premiere)
Bayan Northcott: Hymn to Cybele
Brian Ferneyhough: Dum transisset I-IV (London premiere)
Taverner: Dum transisset
Jonathan Harvey: Dum transisset sabbatum
Taverner: Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas - In nomine Domini (Benedictus)
Gabriel Jackson: In nomine Domini (BBC commission: world premiere)
David Hill (conductor).