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Birmingham Contemporary Music Group at Wigmore Hall

The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group with sopranos Gillian Keith and Rebecca von Lipinski perform contemporary songs for voice and small ensemble. Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents.

The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and sopranos Gillian Keith and Rebecca von Lipinski perform contemporary songs for voice and small ensemble. Tonight's programme features seventeen of the two hundred or so songs commissioned for The Songbook by the composer and BCMG Artist-in-Association John Woolrich and soprano Mary Wiegold in the late 1980s and 1990s and focuses mainly on some of the European composers in the collection. Also tonight. the BCMG celebrates the 75th commission in its Sound Investment scheme, launched in 1992.
Presented live from Wigmore Hall by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Jonathan Harvey You

Milton Babbitt Quatrains

Gerald Barry Crossing the Bar (world premiere / BCMG Sound Investment commission)

Thomas Adès Life Story Op. 8

Kurt Schwertsik Human Existence
Der Herr weis was der Wil
Singt meine Schwäne

Sir Harrison Birtwistle Three Settings of Celan: White and Light, Night and Tenebrae

INTERVAL

Olga Neuwirth The Cartographer Song

Poul Ruders Alone

Osvaldo Golijov Sarajevo

Detlev Glanert Contemplated by a Portrait of a Divine

Niccolò Castiglioni Vallis clausa

Salvatore Sciarrino Due risvegli e il vento

Aldo Clementi Wiegenlied

Franco Donatoni An Angel within my Heart

Gillian Keith (soprano), Rebecca von Lipinski (soprano),
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Jonathan Berman (conductor)

Followed by highlights from: RNCM Festival Of Brass: Spirit of Celebration.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Part 1

    • Jonathan Harvey

      You

      Performer: Gillian Keith. Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor: Jonathan Berman.
    • Milton Babbitt

      Quatrains

      Performer: Gillian Keith. Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor: Jonathan Berman.
    • Gerald Barry

      Crossing the Bar (World Premiere)

      Performer: Rebecca von Lipinski (soprano). Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor: Jonathan Berman.
    • Thomas Adès

      Life Story

      Performer: Rebecca von Lipinski (soprano). Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor: Jonathan Berman.
    • Kurt Schwertsik

      Der Herr weis was der Wil

      Performer: Rebecca von Lipinski (soprano). Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor: Jonathan Berman.
    • Kurt Schwertsik

      Human Existence...

      Performer: Rebecca von Lipinski (soprano). Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor: Jonathan Berman.
    • Kurt Schwertsik

      Singt meine Schwäne

      Performer: Rebecca von Lipinski (soprano). Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor: Jonathan Berman.
    • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

      Three Settings of Celan i) White and Light

      Performer: Gillian Keith. Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor: Jonathan Berman.
    • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

      Three Settings of Celan ii) Night

      Performer: Gillian Keith. Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor: Jonathan Berman.
    • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

      Three Settings of Celan iii) Tenebrae

      Performer: Gillian Keith. Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor: Jonathan Berman.
  • Interval

    • William Lawes

      Consort Sett a 6 in C Minor

      Ensemble: Fretwork.
      • William Lawes: For ye Violls (Fretwork).
      • Virgin Classics.
      • VC7590212.
  • Part 2

    • Olga Neuwirth

      The Cartographer Song

      Performer: Rebecca von Lipinski (soprano). Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor: Jonathan Berman.
    • Poul Ruders

      Alone

      Performer: Gillian Keith. Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor: Jonathan Berman.
    • Osvaldo Golijov

      Sarajevo

      Performer: Rebecca von Lipinski (soprano. Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor: Jonathan Berman.
    • Detlev Glanert

      Contemplated by a Portrait of a Divine

      Performer: Gillian Keith. Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor: Jonathan Berman.
    • Niccolò Castiglioni

      Vallis Clausa

      Performer: Gillian Keith. Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor: Jonathan Berman.
    • Salvatore Sciarrino

      Due Risvegli e il Vento

      Performer: Rebecca von Lipinski (soprano). Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor: Jonathan Berman.
    • Aldo Clementi

      Wiegenlied

      Performer: Rebecca von Lipinski (soprano). Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor: Jonathan Berman.
    • Franco Donatoni

      An Angel Within my Heart

      Performer: Gillian Keith. Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor: Jonathan Berman.
  • Post concert

    • Edward Gregson

      The Trumpets of the Angels

      Performer: Mark O’Keefe (trumpet). Ensemble: Black Dyke Band. Conductor: Nicholas Childs.

      Recorded at the RNCM Festival of Brass, 23 January 2015

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