The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group celebrates the music of Boulez in his 90th birthday year, live at the BBC Proms, conducted by Franck Ollu.
Live from Cadogan Hall, London
Presented by Tom Service
Pierre Boulez: Notations 2, 11 & 10; La treizième (arr. J Schöllhorn) UK premiere
Shiori Usui: Ophiocordyceps unilateralis s.l. (BBC commission - world premiere)
Betsy Jolas: Wanderlied (UK premiere)
Joanna Lee: Hammer of Solitude (BBC commission - world premiere)
Pierre Boulez: Dérive 2
Ulrich Heinen (cello)
Hilary Summers (contralto)
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Franck Ollu (conductor)
French conductor Franck Ollu makes his Proms debut, directing the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in the first of two concerts celebrating composer Pierre Boulez's 90th-birthday year. Boulez's own Notations - written while he was still a student - sits alongside his Dérive 2, both works embedded in the 'family tree' of a composer whose works interconnect in ever-evolving ways.
The concert also features Wanderlied for cello and ensemble by Boulez's French-American contemporary Betsy Jolas, as well as music by two young composers new to the Proms: Shiori Usui and Joanna Lee, who writes for contralto Hilary Summers.
This Prom will be repeated on Wednesday 29th July at 2pm.