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Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC Singers in Varese, Machaut, Byrd and Birtwistle

Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC Singers in Varese, Machaut, Byrd and Birtwistle in a performance at Milton Court in London.

Recorded on 23rd September at Milton Court, London

This is Rattle: Birtwistle

Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC Singers in Varèse, Machaut, Byrd and Birtwistle.

Varèse: Octandre
Machaut: Messe de Nostre Dame (with Plainsong Tropes arranged for instruments by Harrison Birtwistle)

8.15: Interval

Byrd: Lamentations
Birtwistle: Pulse Sampler; The Moth Requiem

BBC Singers
Nash Ensemble
Martyn Brabbins, conductor

Ancient and modern meet in an intriguing programme that folds time back across the centuries, juxtaposing Varèse, Machaut, Byrd and Birtwistle.
Simon Rattle has long championed Sir Harrison Birtwistle's music. Now Birtwistle returns the compliment with a personally-curated musical greeting.
In his first concerts with the LSO, Rattle reaffirms his commitment to the powerful, unmistakably personal music of Harrison Birtwistle. Birtwistle's own vocal music - and that of his forebears - forms the heart of this musical tribute from composer to conductor.

Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC Singers in the intimate but atmospheric space of Milton Court, in a work that they co-commissioned: the poignant and profoundly beautiful Moth Requiem of 2012. But Birtwistle layers the concert with memories and echoing voices from across eight centuries - from Machaut to Byrd and Varèse.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music and featured items

  • Part 1

    Duration: 52:37

  • Edgard Varèse

    Octandre

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
  • Guillaume de Machaut

    Messe de Nostre Dame (with Plainsong Tropes arranged for instruments by Harrison Birtwistle)

    Choir: BBC Singers. Ensemble: Nash Ensemble. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
  • Interval

    Duration: 12:47

  • Melanie Pappenheim

    The Tryst

    Choir: Proms Youth Choir Academy. Singer: Donna Leonard. Performer: Sarah Homer.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Apollo (Scene 1)

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Rite of Spring - Petrushka - The Firebird - Apollo.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 5099920687.
  • Part 2

    Duration: 55:11

  • William Byrd

    Lamentations

    Choir: BBC Singers. Ensemble: Nash Ensemble. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    Pulse Sampler

    Choir: BBC Singers. Ensemble: Nash Ensemble. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    The Moth Requiem

    Choir: BBC Singers. Ensemble: Nash Ensemble. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
  • Post-concert

    Duration: 32:24

  • William Byrd

    Fantasia (1st version for organ)

    Performer: Davitt Moroney.
    • Byrd - The Complete Keyboard Music.
    • Hyperion.
    • 017.
  • William Byrd

    Pavin BK76

    Performer: Davitt Moroney.
    • Byrd - The Complete Keyboard Music.
    • Hyperion.
    • 020.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Fantaisie in F minor Op.49

    Performer: Yulianna Avdeeva.
    • Chopin, Mozart, Liszt.
    • Mirare.
    • 001.

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Role Contributor
Performer BBC Singers

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