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Proms Saturday Matinee 4

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Venue: Cadogan Hall

Repertoire

Alexander Goehr
…a musical offering (J. S. B. 1985)…
Oliver Knussen
Ophelia’s Last Dance
Simon Bainbridge
The Garden of Earthly Delights (BBC commission: world premiere)

Performers

  • London Sinfonietta Voices
  • Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Lucy Schaufer
mezzo-soprano
Andrew Watts
counter-tenor
Huw Watkins
piano
Nicholas Collon
conductor

Linked Ophelia pieces by Oliver Knussen, 60 this year, follow Alexander Goehr’s reflection on Bach’s compositional procedures, which Knussen himself premiered, wearing his conductor’s hat. Also born in 1952, Simon Bainbridge has developed a darker, less mercurial kind of idiom. Inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s extraordinary triptych, his eagerly awaited new work is a labyrinthine journey featuring mezzo-soprano and counter-tenor.

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 Saturday Matinee 3

Music by Michael Finnissy, Brian Ferneyhough, Harrison Birtwistle and Brian Elias, including three premieres, with soprano Susan Bickley, pianist Nicolas Hodges and Nicholas Daniel, cor anglais.

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 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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