A world premiere by Oliver Knussen is always a major occasion, and this one – a setting of haiku chosen personally by Knussen – comes as a wonderful surprise.
The inspiration was personal: a tribute to Stephen and Jackie Newbould, the former directors and creative spirits behind Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. So it’s entirely fitting that Knussen conducts BCMG tonight, and that the programme is as beautifully assembled as we’ve come to expect from these regular and very welcome visitors to Snape. Stravinsky’s oriental songs complement Knussen’s Japanese texts; Jo Kondo’s graceful, elusive Three Songs Tennyson Sung were a BCMG commission. A sequence of miniatures by Harrison Birtwistle – including three premieres – brings two of the most original creative forces in British music thrillingly into alignment.
Harrison Birtwistle Chorales from a Toyshop (2016-17)
Stravinsky Two Poems of Balmont*; Three Japanese Lyrics*
Jo Kondo Three Songs Tennyson Sung (BCMG Sound Investment commission 2011) *
Harrison Birtwistle dear dusty moth*
Jo Kondo Standing
Harrison Birtwistle The Sadness of Komachi ^
Oliver Knussen O Hototogisu – fragment of a Japonisme (World premiere / BCMG Sound Investment commission) + *
Takemitsu Tree Line
Conductor: Oliver Knussen
Flute: Marie-Christine Zupancic +
Soprano: Claire Booth *
Tenor: Robert Murray ^
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