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CHARLOTTE BRAY, GARY CARPENTER, VASSOS NICOLAOU, STEINGRÍMUR ROHLOFF

Aldeburgh Festival

17 - 24 June 2016

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Aldeburgh Festival

This series of four concerts programmed by Oliver Knussen and Pierre-Laurent Aimard featured works written during the war years by composers including Berg, Butterworth, Debussy, Scriabin and Szymanowski, complemented by world premieres from three contemporary composers. Charlotte Bray, Gary Carpenter and Vassos Nicolaou each took inspiration for their new works from the music and events of a century ago.

The years around the First World War constituted an age of frenetic change and diversity almost unparalleled in musical history. As political and social structures weakened and crumbled, musical styles fragmented as the already unstoppable momentum of change in European music accelerated to breakneck speed. For composers and musicians, it was a time of energy and experimentation: creative imagination flourished and radical new directions were forged amid shattering global conflict.

Oliver Knussen conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra: a major concert featuring German baritone Benjamin Appl, while the recitals showcased  a trio of world-class pianists: Tamara Stefanovich, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Håkon Austbø. Tamara Stefanovich performed a solo recital featuring two new works – Steingrimur Rohloff’s Three Etudes and Vassos Nicolaou’s Etudes, alongside works by Szymanowski and Abrahamsen.

Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Aldeburgh Festival

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Dates, Times & Locations

Snape Maltings Concert Hall and Britten Studio Snape, Suffolk IP17 1SP

17 June 2016
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Appl Baritone
Oliver Knussen Conductor
works by Bach
(arr. Stokowski), Butterworth,
Carpenter, Carter, Bray
and Berg

24 June 2016
Concert 1
Tamara Stefanovich Piano
works by Szymanowski
and Nicolaou

Concert 2
Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Piano
works by Debussy,
Roslavets, Prokofiev and
Obukhov

Concert 3
Håkon Austbø Piano
works by Scriabin

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