No composer since Olivier Messiaen has so consistently captured notions of spirituality and transcendence into music than Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012).
The Philharmonia celebrate what would have been his 75th birthday with the performance of two major works - the ensemble piece Wheel of Emptiness, an evocation of Buddhism, and Scena, a quasi-operatic scene for violin and ensemble which runs the emotional gamut from turmoil to luminous serenity.
These are fascinatingly vivid and profound works by a major contemporary composer, who has created a musical world of his own.
Wheel of emptiness for chamber ensemble
Scena for violin & chamber ensemble
A portrait of Jonathan Harvey, conducted by Antony Hermus
with Hae-Sun Kang
Music of Today is supported by the Royal Philharmonic Society. You can view other events in this series here.