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BBC Symphony Orchestra / Volkov

 15 February 2013 at 7.30pm 

BBC Symphony Orchestra / Volkov

Barbican Hall, London
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2
United Kingdom
020 7638 8891

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov conductor
Christine Rice mezzo soprano
Marcus Farnsworth baritone

Theatre is at the heart of David Sawer’s incisive and original music, and his new commission Flesh and Blood is a dramatic scena, with words by Howard Barker, featuring star soloists Christine Rice and Marcus Farnsworth. Dieter Schnebel’s Schubert-Fantasia recalls dreamlike fragments from Schubert’s G major Piano Sonata refracted through a shimmering haze of dissonant harmonies. 150 years earlier, Schubert wrote his ‘Great’ Ninth Symphony, a powerful feat of sustained momentum, driven by buoyant rhythms, explosive emotions and vast, inexorable climaxes which Ilan Volkov will no doubt shape with his characteristically dynamic vision.

Dieter Schnebel : Schubert-Phantasie (UK premiere)
David Sawer : Flesh and Blood (BBC commission: World premiere)
Franz Schubert : Symphony No 9 in C major, ‘Great’

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