The first half of the programme is centred on Boulez. Derive 1 (1984) for six instruments is a burst of tension and beauty, whirring fourth from a single six-note chord. It has been called a miniature summation of his entire project. Anthemes II (1997) is a longer piece, which melds two violins with live electronics. Based on the composer’s childhood memories of church services, it is a characteristically refined soundscape.
While Boulez can be characterised as a slick urbanite, Stockhausen had more than a dash of the cosmic dreamer. Hymnen (1966-67) is a gargantuan composition that takes as its point of departure the national anthems of various countries. The Sinfonietta will perform ‘Region III’ as a stand-alone piece. Dedicated to John Cage, it includes Russian, American and Spanish anthems, and serves as a paean towards global unity in aftermath of global war. This is difficult music, but eager listeners will find it offers ample rewards.
|What||Stockhausen and Boulez, Royal Festival Hall|
|Where||Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
On 05 Dec 15, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
|Website||Click here to book via the Southbank Centre|