BBC Symphony Orchestra and Oliver Knussen at the Aldeburgh Festival
Live from Snape Maltings Concert Hall, BBC SO under Oliver Knussen. With premieres of works by Charlotte Bray and Gary Carpenter, plus pieces by Bach and Berg and Elliott Carter.
The BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Oliver Knussen live from Snape Maltings Concert Hall during the Aldeburgh Festival. With world premieres of works by Charlotte Bray and Gary Carpenter, plus works by Bach, Berg, Butterworth and Elliott Carter.
Presented by Christopher Cook
Bach (orch. Elgar): Fantasia and Fugue in C minor (BWV.537)
Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad
Gary Carpenter: Willie Stock (world premiere)
Interval: Suffolk-inspired folksong with works by Moeran, Elizabeth Poston and Thomas Vautor, plus folk music from the singing pubs along Aldeburgh's coastline, and fiddle player Harkie Nesling.
Carter: Sound Fields
Charlotte Bray: Stone Dancer (world premiere)
Berg: Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Oliver Knussen (conductor)
It's almost impossible to listen to Butterworth and Berg without our knowledge of things to come. Is the Englishman's dreamily alluring orchestral rhapsody of 1912 an eerie foreboding of his own death in World War I? Is the shrill, titanic tussle of of the march which concludes Berg's Three pieces for Orchestra, written 1913-15, a premonition of the impending cataclysm? There are other influences - the poignancy of A.E. Housman's elegiac poems, the unmistakable imprint of Mahler on Berg's giant canvas. And the imaginative use of the orchestra - as shared by Elgar orchestrating Bach, Charlotte Bray, and Gary Carpenter.
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