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BBC National Orchestra of Wales: Vale of Glamorgan Festival

A feast of treats, this concert combines music by giants of contemporary music, including Steve Reich and Peteris Vasks, with incredible new talent emerging from Wales today.

A feast of treats, this concert combines music by giants of contemporary music, including Steve Reich and Peteris Vasks, with incredible new talent emerging from Wales today. Recorded at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival with conductor Ryan Bancroft, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales performs one of the world’s first performances of Steve Reich’s Music for Ensemble and Orchestra, and the world premiere of a new arrangement of John Metcalf’s Polly Garter Aria from his critically acclaimed opera Under Milk Wood. There are moments of quiet meditation, with Lonely Angel by Peteris Vasks reflecting the vision of an angel gazing down on the world, concerned and hopeful at the same time and Dobrinka Tabakova’s Organum Light, a transcendentally beautiful meditation based on a mediaeval chant; plus plenty of fun, with Graham Fitkin’s celebratory work Metal – for orchestra and untuned scaffolding – ending the concert with a bang.
We've a chance to hear Ryan Bancroft conducting very different repertoire next; Sibelius' 5th symphony with its extraordinary finale, and harpist Hannah Stone joins the orchestra at the North Wales International Music Festival at St Asaph Cathedral to premiere Anglesey composer Gareth Glyn’s piece Amaterasu. Specially commissioned by the festival it's a musical depiction of the story of Amaterasu, the Japanese Shinto religion’s divinity of light. Having been mistreated by her volatile brother Susanowo (depicted by solo trombone - the orchestra's Principal Trombone Donal Bannister) Amaterasu retreats into a cave and the whole world is plunged into darkness. To lure her out the other gods hold a party outside and her curiosity gets the better of her. When she emerges the world is flooded with light again.

Presented by Penny Gore

Dobrinka Tabakova: Organum Light
Peteris Vasks: Vientuļais eņģelis (Lonely Angel)
Steve Reich: Music for Ensemble and Orchestra (2018)
Benjamin Wallace: Five Gifts for an old friend
Claire Victoria Roberts: Blue Lab
Mark David Boden: Descent (World Premiere - Festival Commission)
David Lang: Simple Song #3 (2015)
John Metcalf: Polly Garter's Aria from Under Milk Wood
Graham Fitkin: Metal (1995)
Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin)
Elizabeth Donovan (soprano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Ryan Bancroft (conductor)

c.3.25pm
Sibelius Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Op. 82
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Ryan Bancroft (conductor)

c.4pm
Gareth Glyn: Amaterasu
Hannah Stone (harp)
Donal Bannister (trombone)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Gavin Sutherland (conductor)

c.4.15pm
Alban Berg: Altenberg Lieder
Ruby Hughes (soprano)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Jac van Steen (conductor)

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Dobrinka Tabakova

    Organum Light

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Ryan Bancroft.
  • Peteris Vasks

    Vientuļais eņģelis (Lonely Angel)

    Performer: Tamsin Waley-Cohen. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Ryan Bancroft.
  • Steve Reich

    Music for Ensemble and Orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Ryan Bancroft.
  • Benjamin Wallace

    Five gifts to an old friend

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Ryan Bancroft.
  • Claire Victoria Roberts

    Blue Lab

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Ryan Bancroft.
  • Mark David Boden

    Descent

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Ryan Bancroft.
  • David Lang

    Simple Song

    Performer: Tamsin Waley-Cohen. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Singer: Elizabeth Donovan. Conductor: Ryan Bancroft.
  • John Metcalf

    Polly Garter's Aria (Under Milk Wood)

    Performer: Tamsin Waley-Cohen. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Singer: Elizabeth Donovan. Conductor: Ryan Bancroft.
  • Graham Fitkin

    Metal

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Ryan Bancroft.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No 5 in E flat major

    Orchestra: BBC National Chorus of Wales. Conductor: Ryan Bancroft.
  • Gareth Glyn

    Amaterasu

    Performer: Hannah Stone. Performer: Donal Bannister. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Gavin Sutherland.

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