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Proms Saturday Matinee 3

Britten Sinfonia

Venue: Cadogan Hall

Repertoire

Michael Finnissy
Piano Concerto No. 2 (UK premiere)
Brian Ferneyhough
Prometheus
Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Gigue Machine (UK premiere)
Brian Elias
Electra Mourns (world premiere)

Performers

Britten Sinfonia
Susan Bickley
mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Daniel
cor anglais
Nicolas Hodges
piano
Clark Rundell
conductor

Michael Finnissy’s Piano Concerto No. 2 begins in the lower depths and explodes into transcendentally demanding piano writing before the other players enter. Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Gigue Machine, which Nicolas Hodges unveiled in Stuttgart earlier this year, also receives its first UK outing and Brian Elias’s meticulously crafted Sophoclean scena, set in the original ancient Greek, gets its first performance anywhere. Its cor anglais soloist, closely identified with the Britten Sinfonia as oboist and conductor, is a recent recipient of The Queen’s Medal for Music.

Part of BBC Proms 2012

Proms Chamber Music 1

Widely sought after on the international opera stage, Alice Coote launches the Proms Chamber Music series with a personal selection of French chansons.

Proms Saturday Matinee 1

Following his much-acclaimed account of Bach's 'Goldberg' Variations last year, Mahan Esfahani takes on Bach's 'The Art of Fugue' with the Academy of Ancient Music.

Proms Chamber Music 2

Acclaimed vocal ensemble Tenebrae showcases the hustle and bustle of London in the early 17th century, with music by Orlando Gibbons, Julian Philips and Steve Martland.

Proms Saturday Matinee 2

Recreating the distinctive sound of the world's first professional orchestra founded by Louis XIII in 1626, with a programme including music by Lully, Desmarets, Marais and Campra.

Proms Chamber Music 3

A sequence of Baroque, traditional and improvised music inspired by the age-old myth of the power of music to heal the venomous bite of the tarantula spider.

Proms Chamber Music 4

Debussy's Violin and Cello Sonatas and Ravel's Piano Trio performed by violinist Jennifer Pike, cellist Nicolas Altstaedt and pianist Igor Levit.

Proms Chamber Music 5

Nicola Benedetti, violin, Alexei Grynyuk, piano, and Leonard Elschenbroich, cello, perform music by Bach and Korngold, concluding with Brahms' Piano Trio No.3

Proms Saturday Matinee 4

Nicholas Collon conducts music by Alexander Goehr, Oliver Knussen and a world premiere by Simon Bainbridge.

Proms Chamber Music 6

The Escher Quartet, member of BBC Radio 3's New Generation Artists scheme, performs string quartets by Hugh Wood and Debussy.

Proms Chamber Music 7

Debussy's masterpiece, the Sonata for flute, viola & harp, followed by Schoenberg's melodrama Pierrot lunaire, with Christine Schäfer. Martyn Brabbins conducts.

Proms Chamber Music 8

In the year of the 150th anniversary of Debussy's birth, Aimard performs a selection of works by the composer, including Book 2 of the Préludes.

Concert Duration:
approx. 1½ hours

Ticket Information *

Stalls: £12; Centre Gallery: £10
Day Seats (Side Gallery): £5

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