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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)
Exaudi
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.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    Verses

    Conductor: Oliver Knussen. Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    Dinah and Nick's Love Song

    Conductor: Oliver Knussen. Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    Meridan

    Conductor: Oliver Knussen. Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Singer: Christine Rice.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Ceremony of Carols

    Conductor: Ben Parry. Choir: National Youth Choir of Great Britain.
  • William Byrd

    Laetentur Coeli

    Choir: The Choir of Canterbury Cathedral. Conductor: David Flood.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Hymn to the virgin

    Choir: The Choir of Canterbury Cathedral. Conductor: David Flood.
  • Benjamin Britten

    New Year Carol

    Choir: The Choir of Canterbury Cathedral. Conductor: David Flood.

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