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BBC Philharmonic: Mahler and Simon Holt

The BBC Philharmonic and Chief Guest Conductor, John Storgards, in Mahler's Seventh Symphony and Simon Holt's percussion concerto 'a table of noises' with soloist Colin Currie.

The BBC Philharmonic and Chief Guest Conductor, John Storgards, in Mahler's Seventh Symphony and Simon Holt's percussion concerto 'a table of noises' with soloist Colin Currie.
From the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester
Presented by Tom Redmond

Simon Holt: a table of noises

8.10: Music Interval

8.30
Mahler: Symphony No 7

Colin Currie (percussion)
BBC Philharmonic
John Storgards (conductor)

His Great Uncle Ash, Simon Holt says was 'amongst many other things, a taxidermist'; he is also the inspiration for Holt's percussion concerto 'a table of noises' which takes as its starting point the materials and characters of his craft. The music brings to life Fly, Uncle Ash's dog who used to fall asleep standing up by the fire and a drawer full of false eyes yet to find their animal. Great Uncle Ash's taxidermist's table is turned into a table of percussion instruments from which Colin Currie and the BBC Philharmonic will conjure up the work's unique sound world.
The stroke of oars on water provided Mahler with the inspiration he craved to finish his Seventh Symphony and the opening of the work creates a vivid sound-picture. Instrumental colour (Mahler includes mandolin, guitar and cowbells), folk song and dance, marches and distorted waltz rhythms and the sounds of nature make this a symphony that really does embrace the world, as Mahler believed it should.

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