The only Birmingham concert of BCMG’s 2014/15 season with the masterful Oliver Knussen at the helm, sets three American works (Stravinsky was a naturalised U.S. citizen by the time he wrote Septet in 1953) alongside two by German composers – including a world premiere from Arne Gieshoff. Plus a late addition to the programme, Alexander Goehr’s chamber symphony between the Lines following BCMG’s premiere of the piece in Cambridge in November 2014.
The most substantial piece in the programme, Henze’s 40-minute Le Miracle de la Rose, is a musical evocation of a literary work of the same title by the French poet and playwright Jean Genet. The poetic content is transposed entirely into instrumental terms, with the exceptional Timothy Lines as soloist evoking the principal characters: the sixteen-year-old murderer Harcamone who awaits execution (solo clarinet); and the poet himself (bass clarinet). Many of the other thirteen instruments represent figures from the Genet book – the judge expresses himself through the trumpet, the priest is represented by the horn, the trombone stands for the lawyer, while the heckelphone stands for the executioner.
Of the American modernist composers to emerge in the second half of the 20th century, George Perle proved to be one of the most delectable craftsmen. Born in 1915, his first encounter with the music of Schoenberg in the late 1930s made a profound impression, ultimately leading him to develop his own rich and complex musical language. His late works Critical Moments (1996) and Critical Moments 2 (2001) are collections of pithy movements (six and nine respectively) in which flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion exchange piquant thematic fragments.
Igor Stravinsky: Septet
George Perle: Critical Moments
Alexander Goehr: between the Lines
Arne Gieshoff: katá (world premiere / BCMG/SaM Apprentice Composer-in-Residence 2014)
George Perle: Critical Moments 2
Hans Werner Henze: Le Miracle de la Rose *
Conductor: Oliver Knussen
Clarinet: Timothy Lines *
There will be a free pre-concert talk from 6.30-7pm with Stephen Newbould and Arne Gieshoff. Open to all ticket holders.
The concert will finish around 10pm.
£14 full price
£1 under 16s
plus transaction fee*
A free concert programme is included in the ticket price for every BCMG concert at CBSO Centre.
Tickets can be booked in advance via:
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CBSO Centre is equipped with adapted toilet facilities, key signposting in Braille and the hall is fitted with an infra-red amplification system (receivers are available on request). Limited free parking can be arranged on request.
Access to CBSO Centre’s concert hall, bar and toilets is all flat, with no steps or ramps. The hall configuration is flexible, meaning we can accommodate specific seating requests.
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