Harrison Birtwistle Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum
Gary Carpenter Fischietto è Morto
Mahler, arr. Schoenberg Das Lied von der Erde
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 Birtwhistle’s homage to Paul Klee and Gary Carpenter’s trombone-led tribute to the art of the clown.
Chloé van Soeterstède Conductor
Sarah Castle Mezzo-soprano
Ben Johnson Tenor
Katy Jones Trombone
Into the Music at 6.40pm (Free to ticket-holders)
Gary Carpenter joins Tim Williams and the RNCM’s Douglas Jarman to introduce tonight’s concert.