David Sawer: Flesh and Blood (world premiere)

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BBC Symphony Orchestra

Friday 15th February 2013, 19:30

The Barbican


Dieter Schnebel: Schubert Fantasy (UK premiere)

David Sawer: Flesh and Blood (BBC commission: world premiere)

Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major, ‘Great’

Ilan Volkov conductor 

Christine Rice mezzo soprano 

Marcus Farnsworth baritone

Theatre is at the heart of David Sawer’s incisive and original music, and his new commission Flesh and Blood is a dramatic scena featuring star soloists Christine Rice and Marcus Farnsworth. Dieter Schnebel’s Schubert Fantasy recalls dreamlike fragments from Schubert’s G major Piano Sonata refracted through a shimmering haze of dissonant harmonies. 150 years earlier, Schubert wrote his ‘Great’ Ninth Symphony, a powerful feat of sustained momentum, driven by buoyant rhythms, explosive emotions and vast, inexorable climaxes which Ilan Volkov will no doubt shape with his characteristically dynamic vision.