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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)
'One of America's most distinguished creative artists in any field' - Aaron Copland on Elliott Carter.
Elliott Carter's music can be heard during this year's Aldeburgh Festival in Intimate Letters (18 June), BBC Symphony Orchestra (19 June), Thoughts about the Piano (20 June), Mosiac (20 June), Night Fantasies (23 June) and An Interrupted Endless Melody (27 June).
Click here for the Boosey & Hawkes website, where you can listen to some of Elliott Carter's music and see video interviews.