-Concerts have already been performed-
“An orgy of timbres” concluded Dutch daily Trouw in 2003 reviewing the conducting debut of English composer George Benjamin with the Concertgebouw Orchestra. Since then he returned regularly as guest conductor. Timbre remains an important element in both his concert programmes as in his own intriguing and complex compositions.
Benjamin’s composition Dream of the Song for orchestra, countertenor and female choir, is a commission by the Concertgebouw Orchestra. Its world premiere features in a program with Eastern European accents. Clocks and Clouds illustrates Hungarian composer György Ligeti’s cluster technique: gradually sliding sound clouds versus complex rhythmical clockworks. Sinfonietta by Czech composer Leoŝ Janaĉek is a masterpiece of instrumentation. Note for example the subtle use of percussion and the virtuoso piccolo-solo.
György Ligeti – Clocks and Clouds
George Benjamin – Dream of the Song (world premiere)
Julian Anderson – Eden (Dutch première)
Leos Janáček – Sinfonietta
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Bejun Mehta countertenor
George Benjamin conductor
Fri. 25 September 2015 20:15
Sat. 26 September 2015 20:15