Notes from the bottom of a garden
Sinfini Music's documentary on Harrison Birtwistle
Royal Festival Hall 2014/15
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Ballet and birdsong
Jurowski conducts Stravinsky and Messiaen
Stravinsky Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1920 version)
Harrison Birtwistle Responses: Sweet disorder and the carefully careless for piano and orchestra (UK premiere)*
Messiaen Oiseaux exotiques
Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano
London Philharmonic Orchestra
*Commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayerische Rundfunk Musica Viva, Casa da Musica Porto, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The London Philharmonic Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and PRS for Music Foundation.
When Olivier Messiaen’s teacher suggested he listen to birdsong, he unlocked an obsession that would span Messiaen’s career and reach a culmination in Oiseaux exotiques, a musical exploration of birds from the delicate tweets of the Laughing Thrush to the penetrating cry of the Prairie Chicken.
‘The composer must renounce colouristic orgies in order to develop healthy concepts’, Igor Stravinsky once said. His ballet score Orpheus is an essay in refinement and restraint, but his Symphonies of Wind Instruments from 27 years earlier reflects the animal wind and brass colours of Messiaen’s birds. After that, in the composer’s 80th birthday year, comes the first UK performance of Harrison Birtwistle’s Responses: Sweet disorder and the carefully careless for piano and orchestra.
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