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Harrison Birtwistle 80th Birthday Concert

Nicolas Hodges (piano) performs at Wigmore Hall, London. Birtwistle: Variations from the Golden Mountains: Gigue Variations. Mozart: Gigue, Bolero and Variations. Debussy: Etudes.

Sir Harrison Birtwistle: an 80th birthday tribute.
Pianist Nicolas Hodges celebrates Sir Harrison Birtwistle in a programme which pairs Debussy's late, sublime Études with a work especially commissioned for this Wigmore Hall concert.
Presented by Tom Service
Live from Wigmore Hall, London

Debussy: Études - Book I
Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Variations from the Golden Mountains (world première)

at c. 7.40pm
Interval music: Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments dedicated to the memory of Debussy and Busoni's Berceuse élégiaque.

at c. 8.05pm

Mozart arr. Busoni: Gigue, Bolero and Variations
Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Gigue Machine
Debussy: Études - Book II

Nicolas Hodges (piano)

Followed at approximately 9.25pm by recorded performances of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 and Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks, a work inspired by it.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Part 1

    • Claude Debussy

      12 Studies for piano (nos. 1-6)

      Performer: Nicolas Hodges.
    • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

      Variations from the Golden Mountain (world premiere)

      Performer: Nicolas Hodges.
  • Interval

    • Ferruccio Busoni

      Berceuse elegiaque Op.42 (Des Mannes Wiegenlied am Sarge seiner Mutter)

      Orchestra: NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester. Conductor: Werner Andreas Albert.
      • CPO.
      • 999-161 2.
    • Igor Stravinsky

      Symphonies of wind instruments

      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kent Nagano.
      • Virgin Classics.
      • 482-106 2.
  • Part 2

    • Ferruccio Busoni

      An die Jugend

      Performer: Nicolas Hodges.
    • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

      Gigue machine

      Performer: Nicolas Hodges.
    • Claude Debussy

      12 Studies for piano (nos. 7-12)

      Performer: Nicolas Hodges.
  • Encore

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      No.3 in E flat major from 6 Bagatelles Op.126

      Performer: Nicolas Hodges.
  • Post concert

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Brandenburg concerto no.3 in G major, BWV.1048

      Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
      • J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos 1-6: Academy of Ancient Music/Hogwood.
      • L'Oiseau-Lyre.
      • 7.
    • Igor Stravinsky

      Concerto for chamber orchestra in E flat major "Dumbarton Oaks"

      Conductor: Christopher Hogwood. Orchestra: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
    • Dmitry Shostakovich

      Prelude and fugue no.19 in E flat major

      Performer: Tatiana Nikolayeva.
    • Dmitry Shostakovich

      Prelude and fugue no.20 in C minor

      Performer: Tatiana Nikolayeva.


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