Michael Hersch and Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Thu 21 Jun 7:30pmFrom £5.00 to £25.00
Part of Aldeburgh Festival
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Michael Hersch piano
Ah Young Hong, Kiera Duffy soprano
Gary Louie alto saxophone
Amy Yang piano
Tito Muñoz conductor
Members of Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Michael Hersch of ages manifest, for unaccompanied alto saxophone – I 5′ (2011) (UK premiere)
Michael Hersch The Vanishing Pavilions, for piano 20′ (2005)
Michael Hersch of ages manifest, for unaccompanied alto saxophone – VII 5′ (2011) (UK premiere)
Michael Hersch I hope we get a chance to visit soon 70′
pieces after texts of Rebecca Elson, Mary Harris O’Reilly and Christopher Middleton
for two sopranos, Bb clarinet/Bb bass clarinet, alto saxophone, bassoon, piano, two violins, viola, cello and double bass (2018) (Aldeburgh Festival commission, European premiere)
(ends approx. 9.25pm)
Michael Hersch is a dizzyingly virtuosic interpreter of extracts from his own monumental piano work The Vanishing Pavilions. It has been described as ‘a shattered song cycle without words’, and even when words are missing, Hersch’s music flows out into the space they leave; by turns violent, fragile, and heartbreakingly direct. In the concluding work, words are very much present. It is an expansive new chamber cantata based on letters and emails from a now-departed friend as she confronted cancer – a clear-sighted but uncompromisingly emotional response to a poignant correspondence.
This European premiere of I hope we get a chance to visit soon is generously supported by PN Review where Michael Hersch is Composer in Residence.
This performance will be recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3
Main Image Credit: Richard Anderson