Monday 16 April 2018, 19.00-21.00 Room 18 £12, Members/concessions £8
This opening concert encapsulates the essence of the festival, which explores Europe’s relationship with the world. It brings together three extraordinary works.
Metamorphosen, Richard Strauss’ commentary on the collapse of western civilisation, is performed by the London Sinfonietta in a version for seven instruments. Recital for Cathy, Luciano Berio’s preoccupation with the meaning of the codes of European music when used in a ritual-like context, is performed by mezzo soprano Susan Bickley. Xnoybis, Giacinto Scelsi’s intense meditation on Buddhist thought and culture, is performed by violinist Diego Tosi. Experience these works in the beautiful surroundings of the Parthenon Gallery.
Richard Strauss (1864–1949) Metamorphosen (realisation for string septet) Luciano Berio (1925–2003) Recital for Cathy Giacinto Scelsi (1905–1988) Xnoybis
London Sinfonietta Geoffrey Paterson conductor Susan Bickley mezzo soprano John Constable piano Diego Tosi violin Lucy Bradley director
The London Sinfonietta is one of the world’s leading contemporary music ensembles. Formed in 1968, the group’s commitment to making new music has seen it commission 400 works and premiere hundreds more. Its ethos today is to constantly experiment with an ever-changing art form, bringing together the best musicians, composers and artists to create excellent, risk-taking work. Resident at Southbank Centre and Artistic Associate at Kings Place, with a busy touring schedule across the UK and abroad, the London Sinfonietta’s core eighteen Principal Players represent some of the best musicians in the world.