Ensemble intercontemporain and the BBC Singers conducted by Baldur Bronnimann. Bartok: Three Village Scenes. Boulez: Anthemes 2. Carter: Penthode. Boulez: cummings ist der Dichter.
Live at BBC Proms: BBC Singers, Ensemble intercontemporain and Baldur Brönnimann in repertoire by the ensemble's founder Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter and Bartok.
Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch
Bela Bartok: Three Village Scenes
Pierre Boulez: Anthèmes 2
Elliott Carter: Penthode
Pierre Boulez: cummings ist der Dichter
Baldur Brönnimann conductor
The Ensemble Intercontemporain commemorates the late Pierre Boulez - composer, conductor, polemicist and founder of the ensemble - with a programme of pieces he conducted during more than 40 years of appearances at the Proms. His Anthèmes 2, for violin and electronics, contrasts with the exuberant vocal setting of avian poetry by E. E. Cummings, performed by the BBC Singers.
Around these come Bartók's earthy Village Scenes and Elliott Carter's Penthode - written for tonight's ensemble - a slow movement of geological power that has been compared to the steady glide of tectonic plates.