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Birtwistle, Carter and Knussen at the Aldeburgh Festival

 17 June 2012 at 6pm 

Birtwistle, Carter and Knussen at the Aldeburgh Festival

Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh
Snape Maltings Concert Hall,Snape,Suffolk,IP17 1SP
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1728 687110

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group +

Ives’ delight in forming a ‘set’ from an assemblage of apparently independent parts is matched by the serious originality of Knussen’s programme-building.

Three Places in New England and The Fourth of July are a blend of an understated yet all-American grandeur with music of raucous celebration, a carefully crafted chaos of borrowed popular tunes and sophisticated collision of multiple musics.

Birtwistle’s ebullient perpetual motion seems in harmony with the earthy joys of Bartók’s rustic miniatures. Carter’s anti-concerto, lyrical and feisty, prefaces a modern-day classic of a Requiem.

An Elliott Carter premiere by two of the leading exponents of his music that continues the recent sequence of Carter premieres at Aldeburgh.

Harrison Birtwistle : Cantus Iambeus
Bela Bartok : Three Village Scenes
Elliott Carter : Interventions for piano and orchestra
Oliver Knussen : Requiem – Songs for Sue
Charles Ives : The Fourth of July; Three Places in New England

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