5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ
Conductor: Nicholas Collon
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
London Sinfonietta Voices
Mezzo-soprano: Lucy Schaufer
Counter-tenor: Andrew Watts
Piano: Huw Watkins
Narrator: Samuel West
Linked Ophelia pieces by Oliver Knussen, 60 this year, follow Alexander Goehr’s reflection on Bach’s compositional procedures, which Knussen himself premiered, wearing his conductor’s hat.
Also born in 1952, Simon Bainbridge has developed a darker, less mercurial kind of idiom. Inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s extraordinary triptych, his eagerly awaited new work is a labyrinthine journey featuring mezzo-soprano and counter-tenor.
There will be no interval.
Alexander Goehr : … a musical offering (J.S.B. 1985) …
Oliver Knussen : Ophelia Dances
Oliver Knussen : Ophelia's Last Dance
Simon Bainbridge : The Garden of Earthly Delights