Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass and John Adams are three of the twentieth century's most influential composers. Their music is more richly textured, harmonic and accessible than their usual `minimalist' label implies.
These Words is as haunting and ethereal as the timeless Gregorian chants that have inspired much of Pärt's work. Resonant and meditative, Glass's recently premiered Cello Concerto No 2 is a condensation of his score for Godfrey Reggio's critically acclaimed 2002 film Naqoyqatsi. Requiring colossal orchestral resources, Adams' Harmonielehre is a unique, mesmerising, three-movement work that marries the developmental techniques of Minimalism with the harmonic and expressive world of fin de siècle late Romanticism, to breathtaking effect.
Their work is brought to life with consummate skill and passion by one of Europe's leading symphony orchestras, brilliantly conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, an acknowledged champion of modern classical music.
Did you know?
John Adams was inspired to write Harmonielehre by a dream in which he was driving across the San Francisco to Oakland Bay Bridge and saw an oil tanker on the surface of the water abruptly turn upright and take off like a Saturn V rocket.
Pre-concert talk - free to ticket holders, at 6pm at Cambridge City Hotel in nearby Downing Street.
- These Words
- Arvo Pärt (1935-)
- Cello Concerto No 2, 'Naqoyqatsi'
- Philip Glass (1937-)
- John Adams (1947-)