BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Friday 26 May, 7.30pm
Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff CF10 5AL
Tecwyn Evans (conductor)
Paul Watkins (cello)
Sophie Westbrooke (recorder)
Apollon Musagète Quartet
|John Adams||The Chairman Dances||12'|
|Huw Watkins||Cello Concerto||20'|
|Graham Fitkin||Concerto for multiple amplified recorders
Commissioned by Evelyn Nallen and Barbara Law, assisted by generous donations from the Society of Recorder Players and its members, and the Vale of Glamorgan (with funds provided by The Hinrichsen Foundation)
|John Adams||Absolute Jest||25'|
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Our final concert features two old friends of the festival: Huw Watkins’s deeply expressive concerto, written for his brother Paul and a new work from Graham Fitkin which combines an intriguing mix of orchestra with amplified recorder. To round off, John Adams’s Absolute Jest, described by Musical America as “a gripping 25-minute sonic joy ride… You can hear the echoes of Beethoven throughout the piece – chopped, remixed, inside out and upside down … and you can almost see the composer smiling at the results”.
Graham Fitkin’s concerto is a co-commission by the Vale of Glamorgan Festival (with funds made available by the Hinrichsen Foundation) and the Society of Recorder Players
3pm Pre-concert Walk Meet at the Norwegian Church
Free accompanied walk across the Cardiff Barrage in the company of the Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival. The walk lasts 1½ hours at a slow to moderate pace.
6.15pm Meet the Artists Hoddinott Hall
Stephen Walsh in conversation with Graham Fitkin, Huw Watkins and Sophie Westbrooke