Dimensions in Music: A New Year Concert for 2019 on Saturday 12th January 2019
New Year Concert 2019
Advance Tickets from Eventbrite or at the door
Four international musicians present a programme featuring not only works by Liszt, Mozart, Richard Strauss and Schubert but also the première of two works by Hilperton-based composer Stuart Brown: the song cycle Idylls and the amazingly audio-visual Himalaya Concerto composed in 2015 especially to support the work of People Against Poverty in Nepal. All profits from this concert will be donated to People Against Poverty.
- Idylls [Five songs for soprano and piano based on poems by Tennyson] (Stuart Brown), performed by Chen Wang (for whom it was written) and Jonathan Ellis
- A Himalaya Concerto [for clarinet in A, cimbalom and orchestra] (Stuart Brown), performed by Idris Harries (for whom it was written) and Stuart Brown
- Interval during which some suitably festive refreshments will be available!
- Vallée d'Obermann [from Années de pèlerinage] (Franz Liszt), introduced and performed by Jonathan Ellis
- Parto, ma tu ben mio [from La Clemenza di Tito] (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), performed by Chen Wang, Idris Harries and Jonathan Ellis
- Großmächtige Prinzessin [from Ariadne auf Naxos] (Richard Strauss), performed by Chen Wang and Jonathan Ellis
- Der Hirt auf dem Felsen [The Shepherd on the Rock] (Franz Schubert), performed by Chen Wang, Idris Harries and Jonathan Ellis
A Himalaya Concerto
A work of astonishing beauty that triumphs over the tragedy that inspired it. In 2015 earthquakes in Nepal killed or injured at least 34,353 people. Stuart Brown's A Himalaya Concerto is a musical tribute to those people and their families. In addition to the solo clarinet part there is a prominent role for the cimbalom, with which Stuart has become familiar through his work over many years in Romania. Maestro Louis Panacciulli is the Music Director of The Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra in New York and himself a clarinettist. He describes A Himalaya Concerto as a “very impressive work indeed” and believes that it takes the clarinet into new territory. Idris Harries agrees. He writes, “It has been a real pleasure and privilege to work with Stuart Brown in making A Himalaya Concerto become a reality. It is most certainly challenging, pushing musical boundaries in the expressive ways of using the clarinet.” Although scored for full orchestra, the work can be performed with the help of a professional synthesiser. As Idris says, “this means that it can be performed at smaller and more remote venues without the expense and hassle of a coach-load of forty musicians!”
Stuart Brown describes Idylls as a song cycle only because as he says “it comes as close to being that as anything I've written so far”. Lasting just under eighteen minutes it consists of five songs for solo soprano and piano, using verses selected from poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Much of the music is modal in character, with melodies that convey a sense of innocence and freshness. The songs cover a wide range of emotions. Ring out, wild bells is a powerful and in places bleak characterisation of ringing in a new year at a time when truth and human kindness need to be restored to the world. Love is and was my Lord and King is light and whimsical by comparison, reminiscent of an Elizabethan dance brought into the twenty-first century. Of old sat Freedom on the heights is an exhilarating toccata, a glorious ripple of sound punctuated by flashes of light, in which the voice and piano seem to be in time with each other more by accident than design. Saint Agnes’ Eve opens with icily brittle piano harmonies and a melody of brooding intensity and emotional overtones that sound almost Elizabethan. The work ends with the serene tranquillity of Crossing the bar, a Celtic-sounding melody accompanied by piano chords that mimic waves lapping on the shore.
Music Genres: Classical
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