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BCMG & Knussen

World premieres by Oliver Knussen and Harrison Birtwistle, and music by Stravinsky and Jo Kondo.

Friday 23 June, 7.30pm

From £6.00 to £24.00

Part of the Aldeburgh Festival season

Programme to include:

Harrison Birtwistle Chorales from a Toyshop (2016-17)
Stravinsky Two Poems of Balmont
Three Japanese Lyrics
Jo Kondo Three Songs Tennyson Sung
Harrison Birtwistle dear dusty moth
Jo Kondo Standing
Harrison Birtwistle The Sadness of Komachi
Oliver Knussen O Hototogisu – fragment of a Japonisme (2015-6) world premiere
Takemitsu Tree Line


Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Claire Booth soprano
Robert Murray tenor
Marie-Christine Zupancic flute
Oliver Knussen conductor

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.