PSM 04 - A Portrait of Harrison Birtwistle
From Cadogan Hall, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group under Oliver Knussen in Birtwistle: Verses for Ensembles; Dinah and Nick's Love Song; Meridian. (with Hilary Summers: mezzo).
In celebration of Sir Harrison Birtwistle's 80th birthday, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Oliver Knussen perform some of his early works, live at the 2014 BBC Proms.
Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill at Cadogan Hall, London.
Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Verses for Ensembles
Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Dinah and Nick's Love Song
Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Meridian
Hilary Summers (mezzo-soprano)
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Oliver Knussen (conductor)
Along with fellow Lancastrian composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir Harrison Birtwistle celebrated his 80th birthday in 2014. The BBC Proms marked the occasion with a concert from one of the UK's leading new-music ensembles, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
The group's relationship with Birtwistle's music is a long one, and here it performs three of the composer's classic early works. Each explores the spatial dramatisation of music, playing aural games with the audience and exposing them to intriguing and unfamiliar textures, while never neglecting the ever-unfolding melody that is at the core of all Birtwistle's music.
Concert originally broadcast 06/09/2014.