BBC National Orchestra of Wales - John Adams, Huw Watkins and Graham Fitkin
Live from BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff, the BBC NOW conducted by Tecwyn Evans. Adams: The Chairman Dances; Absolute Jest. Watkins: Cello Concerto. Fitkin: Recorder Concerto.
The final concert of the Vale of Glamorgan Festival 2017 features the world premiere of Graham Fitkin's Recorder Concerto, performed by Sophie Westbrooke, alongside Huw Watkins's Cello Concerto. The concert is book-ended with John Adams's The Chairman Dances and his work for string quartet and orchestra, Absolute Jest.
Live from BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff
Presented by Nicola Heywood Thomas
John Adams: The Chairman Dances
Huw Watkins: Cello Concerto
8.10 Interval Music
Graham Fitkin: Recorder Concerto
John Adams: Absolute Jest
Paul Watkins (cello)
Sophie Westbrooke (recorder)
Apollon Musagète (string quartet)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Tecwyn Evans (conductor)
John Adams wrote The Chairman Dances in lieu of writing the third scene of his opera Nixon in China, depicting a foxtrot for Chairman Mao and his bride Chiang Ch'ing, and it swings between sentimentality and bravura. Huw Watkins's deeply expressive cello concerto was written for his brother Paul and BBC National Orchestra of Wales for last year's Proms, and it is paired with a new work from Graham Fitkin which combines an intriguing mix of orchestra with amplified recorder. To round off, John Adams's Absolute Jest, described by Musical America as "a gripping 25-minute sonic joy ride... You can hear the echoes of Beethoven throughout the piece - chopped, remixed, inside out and upside down ... and you can almost see the composer smiling at the results".
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