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London Sinfonietta 50th Anniversary Concert

50 years to the day since the orchestra played its first concert, the London Sinfonietta celebrates its birthday with the music that has shaped its identity.

50 years to the day since the orchestra played its first concert, the London Sinfonietta celebrates its birthday with the music that has shaped its identity - past, present and future.

Live from the Royal Festival Hall, London
Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Harrison Birtwistle: The Message
Stravinsky: Octet
Ligeti: Chamber Concerto

8.25-8.55: Interval

Deborah Pritchard: River Above for solo saxophone (World premiere)
Samantha Fernando: Formations (World premiere)
Hans Abrahamsen: Left, alone - for piano (left hand) and orchestra (London premiere)
Various: Encore! (14 Variations on a Hornpipe by Purcell) (World premiere)

London Sinfonietta
David Atherton, conductor
George Benjamin, conductor
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor
Tamara Stefanovich, piano
Simon Haram, saxophone
London Sinfonietta Academy Alumni

Co-founder David Atherton joins George Benjamin and Vladimir Jurowski in conducting a journey that begins with the music of Stravinsky, Ligeti and Birtwistle, courses through to the London premiere of Hans Abrahamsen's piano concerto 'Left, alone' and peers into the future with a new commission by RPS Music Award-winning composer Samantha Fernando.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    The Message

    Performer: Alistair Mackie. Performer: Mark van de Wiel. Performer: David Hockings.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Octet

    Ensemble: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: David Atherton.
  • Gy├Ârgy Ligeti

    Chamber Concerto

    Ensemble: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: David Atherton.
  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    Verses for Ensembles

    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: David Atherton.
    • Harrison Birtwistle - Fields of Sorrow/Verses/Nenia.
    • Lyrita.
    • 2.
  • John Tavener

    The Whale

    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: David Atherton.
    • The Whale.
    • Apple.
    • 1.
  • Roberto Gerhard

    Libra

    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: David Atherton.
  • Deborah Pritchard

    River Above

    Performer: Simon Haram.
  • Samantha Fernando

    Formations

    Ensemble: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.
  • Hans Abrahamsen

    Left Alone

    Performer: Tamara Stefanovich. Ensemble: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: George Benjamin.
  • Various Arr Woolrich

    Encore!

    Ensemble: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.

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