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Poetry and Literature

Donald Macleod explores works by Sally Beamish that have been directly inspired by poetry and literature, including Four Songs from Hafez and Cello Concerto.

In conversation with the composer at her home in Scotland, Donald Macleod looks at Sally Beamish's works that have been directly inspired by poetry and literature. They discuss her songs setting words by the 14th century Persian poet Hafez, an orchestral work evoking the Arctic landscape that inspired Mary Shelley, and a cello concerto that takes as its starting point the 'River' poems of Ted Hughes. One of Beamish's major works, the Concerto no. 2 for Viola and Orchestra, is based on the story told by a 9th century Anglo-Saxon poem, 'The Seafarer', and features the notated calls of sea birds mentioned in the poem.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Sally Beamish

    4 Songs of Hafez for voice and piano

    Performer: Mark PADMORE - Tenor Performer: Roger VIGNOLES - Piano

  • Sally Beamish

    Whitescape for orchestra

    Conductor: Ola RUDNER Performer: Orebro Chamber Orchestra Performer: Swedish Chamber Orchestra

    • BIS.
    • CD-1241.
  • Sally Beamish

    Concerto (River) for cello and orchestra

    Conductor: Ola RUDNER Performer: Robert COHEN - Cello Performer: Swedish Chamber Orchestra

    • BIS.
    • CD-971.
  • Sally Beamish

    Concerto no. 2 for viola and orchestra

    Conductor: Ola RUDNER Performer: Tabea ZIMMERMANN - Viola Performer: Orebro Chamber Orchestra Performer: Swedish Chamber Orchestra

    • BIS.
    • CD-1241.
  • Sally Beamish

    4 Songs Of Hafez For Voice And Piano

    Performer: Roger Vignoles. Singer: Mark Padmore.
  • Sally Beamish

    4 Songs Of Hafez For Voice And Piano

    Performer: Roger Vignoles. Singer: Mark Padmore.
  • Sally Beamish

    Whitescape For Orchestra

    Conductor: Ola Rudner. Orchestra: Orebro Chamber Orchestra. Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
    • BIS: CD-1241.
    • BIS.
    • 4.
  • Sally Beamish

    Whitescape For Orchestra

    Conductor: Ola Rudner. Orchestra: Orebro Chamber Orchestra. Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
    • BIS: CD-1241.
    • BIS.
    • 4.
  • Sally Beamish

    Concerto (River) For Cello And Orchestra

    Performer: Robert Cohen. Conductor: Ola Rudner. Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
    • BIS : CD-971.
    • BIS.
    • 3.
  • Sally Beamish

    Concerto (River) For Cello And Orchestra

    Performer: Robert Cohen. Conductor: Ola Rudner. Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
    • BIS : CD-971.
    • BIS.
    • 3.
  • Sally Beamish

    Concerto No. 2 For Viola And Orchestra

    Performer: Tabea Zimmermann. Conductor: Ola Rudner. Orchestra: Orebro Chamber Orchestra. Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
    • BIS: CD-1241.
    • BIS.
    • 1.
  • Sally Beamish

    Concerto No. 2 For Viola And Orchestra

    Performer: Tabea Zimmermann. Conductor: Ola Rudner. Orchestra: Orebro Chamber Orchestra. Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchestra.
    • BIS: CD-1241.
    • BIS.
    • 1.

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