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BCMG - The Series 2007-08

 16 March 2008 at 7.30pm - 9.30pm 

BCMG - The Series 2007-08

CBSO Centre
Berkley Street, Birmingham, B1 2LF
United Kingdom
http://www.cbso.co.uk

Conductor & Piano THOMAS ADÈS *
Bass STEPHEN RICHARDSON ~

Thomas Adès frames a concert of appealingly quirky, highly allusive but ruthlessly individual music with things of his own. Court Studies from The Tempest presents a kaleidoscope of character pieces redrawn from his Shakespearean opera. Living Toys, already a classic and a BCMG speciality, features angels and prehistoric animals among other toys brought vividly to life. Adès takes the piano lead in Court Studies and in Gerald Barry’s mini-concerto Lisbon. There’s also a new Barry piece: Beethoven, setting the composer’s letter to his ‘immortal beloved’. In the middle Poul Ruders’s ABYSM makes a welcome return: three tone poems of time, loss and memory.
Paul Griffiths

BCMG is one of the world’s leading classical new music ensembles and was formed by players from the CBSO. The group is devoted to the performance of new music and has commissioned and performed over 100 world premieres of new works by today’s leading composers.




Thomas Adès frames a concert of appealingly quirky, highly allusive but ruthlessly individual music with things of his own. Court Studies from The Tempest presents a kaleidoscope of character pieces redrawn from his Shakespearean opera. Living Toys, already a classic and a BCMG speciality, features angels and prehistoric animals among other toys brought vividly to life. Adès takes the piano lead in Court Studies and in Gerald Barry’s mini-concerto Lisbon. There’s also a new Barry piece: Beethoven, setting the composer’s letter to his ‘immortal beloved’. In the middle Poul Ruders’s ABYSM makes a welcome return: three tone poems of time, loss and memory.
Paul Griffiths




Thomas Ades : Court Studies from The Tempest *
Gerald Barry : Lisbon *
Poul Ruders : ABYSM
Gerald Barry : Beethoven ~
Thomas Ades : Living Toys
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