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Hear and Now 1: Pintscher conducts Boulez

 05 October 2013 at 8pm 

Hear and Now 1: Pintscher conducts Boulez

City Halls

Marisol Montalvo soprano
Matthias Pintscher conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Boulez's song cycle for soprano and orchestra, Pli selon pli (Fold by Fold), is a major work of 20th century composition. Subtitled "a portrait of Mallarmé" its musical language inhabits the same world as the Symbolist poet's texts, using fragments of poetry and a vast range of instruments to cast its mysterious spell. It's a meeting of two great French artistic revolutionaries; over fifty years after its inception, its mix of music and text remains a provocative and intensely immersive experience.

The BBC SSO is conducted by its Artist-in-Association, Matthias Pintscher, whose works have been championed by Boulez himself; and the electrifying American soprano Marisol Montalvo is the soloist in an evening celebrating the music of one of the world's great avant-garde figures.

Please note that there will be no interval in this concert (the performance will last for approximately 70 minutes). The evening will be presented by regular BBC Radio 3 Hear and Now presenter, Ivan Hewett. This performance of Pli selon pli is scheduled to be broadcast in Hear and Now on Saturday 2 November, please check the BBC Radio 3 website or Radio Times to confirm precise details.

Pierre Boulez : Pli selon pli (Portrait de Mallarmé): for soprano and orchestra

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