Secret Theatre

Friday 14 Jun 2019 4:30pm

Part of Aldeburgh Festival

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Ulysses Ensemble
Geoffrey Paterson conductor

Knussen Coursing 6’
Britten Sinfonietta 15’
Caterina di Cecca new work (Aldeburgh Festival commission, world premiere) 6’
Colin Matthews Suns Dance 17’
Tansy Davies Inside Out II 6’
Harrison Birtwistle Secret Theatre 28’

Important chamber pieces by Birtwistle, Knussen and Matthews, written in close succession and with a shared interest in elemental power and timelessness, are performed by a contemporary music ensemble bringing together some of the best young instrumentalists in Europe.

Secret Theatre is the classic piece of the period, while Knussen and Matthews’ inspiration in natural phenomena results in rapid-fire, liquid elegance in Coursing and ever-evolving, never-repeating music in Sun’s Dance. Contrast is provided by Britten’s Opus 1, written aged 18, Tansy Davies’ cheeky, jazz-infused miniature, and a premiere by Rome-based composer Caterina di Cecca.


Illustration: Brian Grimwood