American Pioneers – George Crumb

George Crumb speaks to Hebrides Ensemble, discussing his enigmatic and mysterious Voice of the Whale, being performed as part of the American Pioneers series. 6-9 November 2011

American Pioneers

November 2011 saw an extraordinary examination of some of the most pioneering talents in American music in the 20th century. Hebrides Ensemble presented a programme which highlights the unique craftsmanship of the Ives Piano trio, The darker world of George Crumb as exemplified by the Voice of the Whale, Steve Reichs’s New York Counterpoint, and […]

Kurtag Kafka Fragmente

Alongside the comparatively conventional Kreutzer Sonata by Janacek, and Schumann’s Liederkreis… the ensemble presented the challenging Kafka Fragmente, by Gyorgy Kurtág – featuring violinist Alexander Janiczek and talented young soprano Elizabeth Watts. The work has been described as a psychological portrait of fractured thought. The Fragments – extracted text from the verse of Franz Kafka […]

Hebrides Ensemble Pianist Llyr Williams on Brahms

The Welsh pianist, Llŷr Williams, joins the Hebrides Ensemble in 2011 to present a Portrait of the composer, Brahms. Although a very private man, Brahms was well known for hiding away stories and messages inside the music he would create. Llŷr Williams discusses the works in the concert, the compositions of Brahms generally and about […]

Hebrides Ensemble’s Harrison Birtwistle’s Pulse Shadows featuring Claron McFadden

Together with ECAT, Hebrides Ensemble presented a programme of Harrison Birtwistle’s Pulse Shadows and Purcell’s Fantasias, featuring the talented soprano Claron McFadden. Pulse Shadows is regarded as a highly challenging piece for musicians, the soloist and the audiences alike. Will Conway from The Hebrides Ensemble, Peter Nelson from ECAT and Claron McFadden explain why this […]

James Macmillan talks about Tuireadh

Composer James MacMillan talks about the development of his work Tuireadh which was written to commemorate those who died in the Piper Alpha disaster in the North Sea. The piece was played by Hebrides Ensemble as part of a rush hour concert on 27th January 2011 at St. George’s West Church in Edinburgh.

CD Recordings

CD Recording

The Last Island: Chamber Music by Peter Maxwell Davies

Peter Maxwell Davies’s later music powerfully evokes the isolated majesty of his Orkney island home, yet it also bears witness to his talent for friendship – to his associations, both personal and musical, with friends and supporters in Scotland and further afield.
CD Recording

James MacMillan: Since it was the day of Preparation …

The first disc in a new recording partnership between Hebrides Ensemble and Delphian Records presents Sir James MacMillan’s extraordinary setting – by turns intimate and dramatic – of the Resurrection story as told in St John’s Gospel.
CD Recording

John Bevan Baker: Songs of Courtship

Songs of Courtship were set to music by Bevan Baker in 1992 for the Black Isle Singers. The poems, written by Mao Shih in the 7th century BC, were translated from the Ancient Chinese in 1946 by Arthur Waley. John loved them and maintained that they had ‘a simple directness which could have been written Yesterday'.

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