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Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
with Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble*
Oliver Knussen conductor
Leigh Melrose baritone
Oliver Knussen Coursing
Helen Grime New work (world premiere)
Elliott Carter On Conversing with Paradise (world premiere – Aldeburgh commission)
Stockhausen Tierkreis (Zodiac) for orchestra*
A celebration of two of the greatest composers of our times, conducted by one of the great composer-conductors of our time, and a highlight of the 2009 Festival.
The prolific celebrated centenarian Elliott Carter shows no sign of slowing down – his substantial setting of poems by Ezra Pound for baritone and large ensemble promises a typically multi-layered intricacy allied to an affecting lyricism.
Stockhausen’s last completed work is a reworking for chamber orchestra of his own disarmingly simple melodies originally written for mechanical music boxes.
Oliver Knussen, composer-conductor, champion of both composers and one of the most influential figures in contemporary music, precedes it with his own compact but exhilarating Coursing and a new work by a young British composer, an Aldeburgh Alumna.
Evening out: best available seat for the concert, food and a soft drink from the Oyster Bar with a reserved table, tea or coffee in the interval, £28.50.
Carter commission supported by a legacy from Charles E Crook
Helen Grime commission supported by the Sue Knussen Composers Fund
Tickets £20, £18, £15, £12, £10 (under 27s half price)
Coach £4 A (5.30pm), B (7pm)