BBC Singers and Sinfonye. Hildegard of Bingen: Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum (selection). Britten: Sacred and Profane. Birtwistle: Narration. Wishart: Out of This World.
BBC PROMS SATURDAY MATINEES 2011
Live from Cadogan Hall
Presented by Christopher Cook
Medieval and modern, mystical and material all collide in this Prom which has as its focus songs by the 11th century German Abbess Hildegard of Bingen, performed both in their original versions and as re-imagined in a brand new work by Stevie Wishart. Her BBC commission takes Hildegard's words to create "a sonic tapestry of frayed threads from hundreds of years ago, woven into a new pattern".
Completing the programme, two modern works which also have their roots in the medieval world - Britten's cycle wittily juxtaposes sacred and secular lyrics and is one of his last works, while Harrison Birtwistle's setting takes words from a source that was to become a well-spring of inspiration in his later career - the legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - and is one of his earliest published pieces
Hildegard of Bingen: Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum - selection
Britten: Sacred and Profane
Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Narration: A Description of the Passing of a Year
Stevie Wishart: Out of This World (BBC Commission; world premiere)
Stevie Wishart (director)
Robert Hollingworth (conductor).