The Nash Ensemble of London
The Nash Ensemble of London boasts an eclectic repertoire, from the classics to the contemporary. They perform a program that was chosen by British composer and conductor Oliver Knussen, the curator of the Kennedy Center's Contemporary Music Week.
- Wed., May 6, 2009, 7:30 PM
- Terrace Theater
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--The Times, London
"Great polish and heart-warming dedication"
An integral part of British musical life for more than 40 years, The Nash Ensemble of London boasts an eclectic repertoire, from the classics to the contemporary to lesser-known gems for harp and wind instruments. British composer and conductor Oliver Knussen, the curator of the Kennedy Center's Contemporary Music Week, has selected the Nash's program, to be led by acclaimed British conductor Lionel Friend and featuring the talents of soprano Valdine Anderson. Three of the works are Nash commissions: Elliott Carter's Mosaic is written for harp and seven other instruments… Colin Matthews's The Island is set to text by Rainer Maria Rilke… and Nicholas Maw's Ghost Dances, subtitled "An Imaginary Ballet for Five Players," rhythmically and melodically distorts 10 dances. Also on the program: George Benjamin's Piano Figures is a challenging series of 10 pieces about children, Harrison Birtwistle's Crowd is a recent work for solo harp, while Knussen's own Songs Without Voices is an octet, and one of the composer's most popular chamber works. Part of CrossCurrents: Contemporary Music Week.
Program and Notes
- Songs Without Voices
- Piano Figures
- The Island
- Ghost Dances
- Lionel Friend, conductor
- Valdine Anderson, soprano
- About Fortas Chamber Music Concerts at the Kennedy Center
- CrossCurrents Contemporary Music Week