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Psappha – Das Lied von der Erde

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Thursday 19 March 2020, 7.30pm at Halle St Peter’s, Manchester

Psappha - das Lied

Programme
Harrison Birtwistle Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum
Matthew Grouse wood.pulse
Gary Carpenter Fischietto è Morto
Mahler, arr. Schoenberg Das Lied von der Erde
 
 
Overview

Written in deep despair following the death of his daughter and the diagnosis of a debilitating heart condition, Gustav Mahler’s final, colossal song cycle ends with an epic goodbye – Der Abschied, or ‘The Farewell’ – that he didn’t live long enough to hear performed in public. Arnold Schoenberg declared it the Mahler work that ‘points furthest into the future’, then took it there himself with this arrangement for chamber orchestra. Also tonight, two distinctly playful pieces with unlikely inspirations: Harrison Birtwistle’s homage to Paul Klee and Gary Carpenter’s trombone-led tribute to the art of the clown. The premiere of Matthew Grouse’s invigorating bassoon solo completes the evening.

Chloé van Soeterstède Conductor
Sarah Castle Mezzo-soprano
Ben Johnson Tenor
Katy Jones Trombone

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Psappha perform Boulez

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Thursday March 22nd 2018, Hallé St Peter’s in Manchester, 7:30pm,

Le Marteau sans maître – A twentieth century classic

Pierre Boulez - 1972  -  France / Ile-de-France (region) / Paris  -  Pierre Boulez, Paris, 1972  - Philippe Gras / Le Pictorium. Image shot 1972.

Takemitsu Towards the Sea
Tom Harrold New Work (World première)*
Berio Naturale
Boulez Le Marteau sans Maître

Jamie Phillips Conductor
Jessica Gillingwater Mezzo soprano
Psappha Ensemble

Meaning The Hammer Without a Master, Boulez’ iconic work is a classic of the twentieth century whose sonority and sense of time and direction were profoundly influenced by music from Asia and Africa. Rising star Tom Harrold’s new work has been commissioned by Psappha to complement the Boulez.

Berio’s Naturale pairs live musicians with recordings of Sicilian street vendors highlighting the contrast between flowing folk melodies and the raw, natural voice of the street singer. Takemitsu’s Towards the Sea recalls the ebb and flow of the ocean and was commissioned by the Greenpeace Foundation for their Save the Whale campaign.

*The Tom Harrold commission is supported by the Fidelio Charitable Trust.

Psappha: Demystifying New Music
Pre-concert film – 6.00pm – free to ticket holders
Barrie Gavin’s 2005 film: Pierre Boulez: Living in the Present. Learn more before you see it played. Come early, get a drink and settle into your seats for a special screening of this intimate portrait of a remarkable artist and his inspiration.

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