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Messiaen’s famous Quartet for the End of Time

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.

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 […]

CD Recordings

CD Recording

Panopticon by David Fennessy

A new recording from composer David Fennessy featuring the title track, 'Panopticon' co-commissioned and performed by Hebrides Ensemble and Psappha.

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