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BBCSO and Singers - Beethoven, Boulez, Dufourt, Grisey

Ilan Volkov conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Singers. Grisey: Megalithes. Hugues Dufourt: Piano Concerto. Boulez: cummings ist der Dichter. Beethoven: Symphony No 7 In A.

Ilan Volkov conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers in Beethoven, Boulez and Gerard Grisey, and Nicolas Hodges is the soloist in a concerto by Hugues Dufourt

Live from the Barbican Centre, London
Presented by Martin Handley

Gerard Grisey: Mégalithes
Hugues Dufourt: Piano Concerto (UK premiere)

20.10 - Interval: Martin Handley's selection of interval music

Pierre Boulez: Cummings ist der Dichter
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 In A major

BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC Singers
Nicolas Hodges (piano)
Ilan Volkov (conductor)

Followed at approx 9.30pm by CPE Bach and his keyboard sonatas
In his tercentenary year a chance to explore Emanuel Bach's revelatory keyboard music in performances on the clavichord, harpsichord, tangent and fortepianos as well as the modern concert grand piano.

Beethoven's powerful Seventh Symphony is prefaced by a trio of beguiling modern French works in the first of two concerts in the BBC Symphony Orchestra's season 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.

2 hours, 30 minutes


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra
Performer BBC Singers


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