Jessica Duchen, author and musician, talks about Messiaen’s famous Quartet for the End of Time and discusses the context in which it was written – A Prisoner of War Camp in 1940 – and the powerful emotions the work invokes.
This is a preview of a new work from James MacMillan co-commissioned by Hebrides Ensemble to be premiered in 2012 and available for future performances in 2013. The work is based on the story of The Resurrection and is written for small chamber ensemble and voices.
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 […]
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 […]
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 brought Harrison Birtwistle’s Pulse Shadows to a Scottish Audience for the first time. This is a challenging piece for both musicians and the soprano involved, which in this case is Claron McFadden. She explains those challenges and why she adores the work.
Hebrides Ensemble brought Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Pulse Shadows to a Scottish audience for the first time, with the support of ECAT (Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust) which was an organisation devoted to new music and finding new audiences for it. Peter Nelson from ECAT talks about this unique and challenging piece.