Piano Concerto No. 2 (UK Premiere)
Sir Harrison Birtwistle
Gigue Machine (UK Premiere)
Electra Mourns (World Premiere)
Britten SinfoniaClark Rundell
performance of Brian Ferneyhough's Prometheus is joined by three premieres in this Proms matinee concert. Michael Finnissy’s Piano Concerto No. 2 begins in the lower depths and explodes into transcendentally demanding piano writing before the other players enter. Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Gigue Machine (which Nicolas Hodges unveiled in Stuttgart earlier this year) also receives its first UK outing and Brian Elias’s meticulously crafted Sophoclean scena, set in the original ancient Greek, gets its first performance anywhere. Its cor anglais soloist, closely identified with the Britten Sinfonia as oboist and conductor, is a recent recipient of The Queen’s Medal for Music.
This concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
You can hear a taster of Brian Ferneyhough's sextet, along with other works featured in the Encore scheme, by following this link
. This is one of two Encore performances taking place at this year's BBC Proms. Find out about the second concert here!