Judith Weir - Telling The Tale

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20080119

The Art of Chamber Music
This afternoon's concert by the Schubert Ensemble concludes with works including Weir's What Sound Will Chase Elephants Away? Plus music from David Knotts and Piers Hellawell.
Knotts: On Such a Night As This
Weir: What Sound Will Chase Elephants Away?; The Art of Touching the Keyboard
Piers Hellawell: Weaver of Grass.

20080119

The Art of Chamber Music
Live from LSO St Luke's, London, Tom Service presents a chamber concert as part of a weekend dedicated to the music of leading British composer Judith Weir. The performers, The Schubert Ensemble, have transformed the British chamber music landscape by commissioning around 40 works - including several in this concert.
Martin Butler: American Rounds
Weir: Music for 247 strings; Arise, arise, you slumbering sleepers; Piano Quartet (2000)
Judith Kleinman (double bass)
The Schubert Ensemble:
Simon Blendis (violin)
Douglas Paterson (viola)
Jane Salmon (cello)
Peter Buckoke (double bass)
William Howard (piano)

20080120

Woman. Life. Song
From LSO St Luke's, London, Tom Service presents a concert given by students at the Guildhall School conducted by Andre de Ridder. Weir's Piano Concerto fills the space between chamber music and bravura-filled spectacle.
An intimate work, it has an English folksong, The Sweet Primroses, at the heart of the slow movement.
American soprano Jessye Norman commissioned poems from Maya Angelou, Clarissa Pinkola Estes and Toni Morrison specifically for Weir's song-cycle, which traces a woman's life from infancy to old age - with much humour along the way
Edward Pick (piano)
Rowan Hellier (mezzo-soprano)
Guildhall Chamber Orchestra
Andre de Ridder (conductor)
Weir: Piano Concerto (woman.life.song).

20080120

Songs and Tales
This afternoon's concert by Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano), Andrew Kennedy (tenor) and Iain Burnside (piano) concludes with Weir's Standchen, The Voice of Desire and Ox Mountain was covered with trees as well as music by Howells, Britten and Haydn Wood.
Weir: Standchen
Howells: King David
Britten: Proud songsters
Haydn Wood: A brown bird singing
Weir: The Voice of Desire; Ox Mountain was covered with trees.

20080120

Songs and Tales
Tom Service introduces a concert live from LSO St Luke's, London.
Songs and their role in storytelling have supplied Weir with many creative ideas. Here she explores everything from timeless Chinese wisdom to Serbian, Scottish and Spanish folk poetry, and in The Voice of Desire the poems by Bridges, Keats and Hardy are conversations between humans and birds - where the birds seem more sophisticated than their human listeners.
As a contrast, Susan Bickley and Andrew Kennedy with Iain Burnside present British folksongs arranged by an earlier generation of song composers.
Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)
Andrew Kennedy (tenor)
Iain Burnside (piano)
Weir: Songs from the Exotic
Arr. Grainger: Bold William Taylor; The Sprig of Thyme
Arr. G Butterworth: A Blacksmith courted me
Weir: On buying a horse
FG Scott: O wha my babie clouts will buy? The Eemis Stane; The Sauchs in the Reuch Heuch Hauch
Weir: Scotch Minstrelsy