LSO - Ligeti, Ogonek, Berio
Francois-Xavier Roth conducts Synergy Vocals and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican. Ligeti: Atmospheres. Elizabeth Ogonek: Sleep and Unremembrance. Berio: Sinfonia.
Recorded at the Barbican Hall last Sunday.
The LSO perform's Berio's Sinfonia with Synergy Vocals, conducted by Francois-Xavier Roth. Plus another 20th century masterpiece by Ligeti, and a new commission.
Elizabeth Ogonek: Sleep and Unremembrance (world premiere, Panufnik commission)
London Symphony Orchestra
François-Xavier Roth (conductor)
LSO Futures, the LSO's biennial festival of contemporary music, returns with two 20th-century masterpieces and a world premiere for the 21st.
François-Xavier Roth opens with Ligeti's Atmosphères, a swirling sound mass that rebelled as much against traditional forms as it did against the prevailing dogma of serialism. And Berio's Sinfonia, a monumental work from the Italian master, famous for its haunting ode to the late Martin Luther King and a middle movement that weaves three centuries of musical fragments into a rich tapestry of familiar quotations. 50 years on from their premieres, these two works provide a fitting frame for a new work by former LSO Panufnik composer Elizabeth Ogonek.
Followed by a performance of Mahler's Fourth Symphony recorded at last year's Lucerne Festival.
Mahler: Symphony No.4
Anna Lucia Richter (soprano)
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Bernard Haitink (conductor).