The Music of James MacMillan
Live from the Guildhall School Music Hall, Barbican Centre.
A Deep But Dazzling Darkness, MacMillan's concerto for violin, ensemble and tape, takes its title from Henry Vaughan's poem The Night, and addresses the themes of suffering and compassion.
The music-theatre piece Parthenogenesis is the result of a collaboration between MacMillan, poet Michael Symmons Roberts, and Archbishop Rowan Williams.
It's a creation and redemption story, comparing an extraordinary event that took place in 1944 with the Annunciation and Incarnation.
Presented by John Tusa.
MacMillan: A Deep but Dazzling Darkness; Parthenogenesis
So-Ock Kim (violin)
Ruth Kerr (soprano)
Giles Underwood (baritone)
Mariah Gale (actress)
Guildhall Chamber Orchestra
Nicholas Kok (conductor)
Gould Piano Trio
The final day of the BBC Symphony Orchestra's annual Composer Weekend, focusing on James MacMillan, born in Ayrshire in 1959.
Essential miniatures by MacMillan lie alongside works by two Soviet composers who have influenced or inspired him - Galina Ustvolskaya's hard-edged ritualistic music and Alfred Schnittke's eclecticism.
John Tusa presents this concert from St Giles, Cripplegate, within London's Barbican Centre.
MacMillan: Cello Sonata No 1
Schnittke: Stille Musik
MacMillan: Piano Sonata
Ustvolskaya: Piano Sonata No 2
MacMillan: Kiss on Wood
MacMillan: 14 Little Pictures.