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Knussen and Festival Ensemble

Mon 18 Jun 7:30pm

From £5.00 to £25.00

Britten Studio

Part of Aldeburgh Festival

Monday 18 June 2018 - 7.30pm

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Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble
Oliver Knussen
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Tamara Stefanovich piano
Claire Booth soprano, narrator

Feldman Mary Anne’s Theme 3′
Debussy arr. Boulez Chansons de Bilitis 18′
Harrison Birtwistle Three Songs from The Holy Forest 12′
1. The Literalist
2. dear dusty moth
3. The Borrower

(UK premiere of complete work)

Vassos Nicolaou Frames for piano duet 9′ (UK premiere)
Bartók, Dukas, Goosens, Malipiero and Stravinsky works from Le Tombeau de Debussy 15′
Birtwistle Keyboard Engine, Construction for Two Pianos 15′ (Aldeburgh Festival commission, world premiere)

(ends approx. 9.20pm)

In his eighties Harrison Birtwistle is as uncompromising, poetic and provocative as ever, and any new work from him commands attention. This concert has two, performed by close friends and collaborators: a major two-piano work written for Tamara Stefanovich and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and the first British performance of Three Moth Songs, settings of the poetry of the eminent American Robin Blaser. Oliver Knussen (dedicatee of one of these songs) directs a hand-picked ensemble. There’s also new music by Vassos Nicolaou (a wedding gift for the Aimard-Stefanovich duo) and two rarities; Debussy’s narrated mini-drama sets prose-poems to music of ravishing sensuality,  and a rarely-heard collection of tributes compiled to mark Debussy’s death 100 years ago yields alluring piano miniatures from no less than Bartók and Stravinsky amongst others.


This performance will be broadcast live by Radio 3 in Concert


Main Image Credit: Matt Jolly

Venue Address:

Britten Studio
Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP