Aldeburgh World Orchestra II
Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape
Aldeburgh World Orchestra
Sir Mark Elder conductor
Britten Sinfonia da Requiem Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
One of the most famous seismic shocks in musical history ' the arrival of Stravinsky's elemental, shattering ballet score for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes ' caused a riot on its first performance. Controversy surrounded the Sinfonia da Requiem before a note had been even played. The 26 year old Britten had been commissioned by the Japanese Government for a piece to celebrate the 2600th anniversary of the Japanese Empire. What they got was a heartfelt and angry response to the tragedy and violence of war in which the influence of both Stravinsky and Mahler are absorbed into an entirely new musical voice.
Specially created for the London 2012 Festival (the culmination of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad), the Aldeburgh World Orchestra brings together acclaimed British conductor, Sir Mark Elder and 124 top-calibre young artists (18'29 years) from across the globe, to create a true world orchestra'. Comprising approximately equal numbers of participants from the UK, Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East, Oceania and Africa, the Orchestra builds on Aldeburgh's unrivalled reputation as an international centre for the development of musical talent through the Britten'Pears Young Artist Programme, which is forty years old in 2012.
The AWO will perform some of the most thrilling orchestral repertoire of the last 100 years, including Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, the Sinfonia da Requiem by Britten and Shostakovich's Symphony No.5, plus music by Mahler. The orchestral sections will be tutored by a galaxy of international orchestral principals. After Snape the AWO tours to Amsterdam, Ingolstadt and London.
Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape Maltings, Snape, IP171SP
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