Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Variations is the inspiration for a new work commissioned from 14 living composers as a special birthday tribute to conductor Martyn Brabbins, who turns 60 today.
Elgar’s original set also features, as do Vaughan Williams’s exquisite Serenade to Music and Brahms’s ‘Little Requiem’, the Song of Destiny.
Pictured Within: Birthday Variations for M. C. B. c30’
New ‘Enigma’ variations by Kalevi Aho, Sally Beamish, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Richard Blackford, Gavin Bryars, Brett Dean, Dai Fujikura, Wim Henderickx, Colin Matthews, Anthony Payne, John Pickard, David Sawer, Iris ter Schiphorst and Judith Weir
BBC commission: world premiere
Serenade to Music 13’
Henry Wood Novelties: world premiere, 1938
– interval –
Song of Destiny 18’
‘Enigma’ Variations 29’
Nadine Benjamin soprano
Idunnu Munch mezzo-soprano
William Morgan tenor
David Ireland bass-baritone
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins conductor