Theatre of Voices
Paul Hillier conductor
4.45pm Composer Conversation with Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
6.00pm Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
Play; Sound I; Sound II; Song; Run; Turn II; Company (all London premieres)
Post-concert Recital of John Dowland songs performed by Theatre of Voices
Part of Denmark Calling
Two concerts celebrating Danish music in London.
"A fascinating exploration of a unique and compelling musical voice.” Bachtrack *****
Elegant and deeply moving, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s music redefines the concept of simplicity. Regarded as a pivotal elder statesman of Danish musical life, his works are as humorous as they are contemplative, as violent as they are beautiful.
This performance consists of a set of pieces recently composed for his 80th birthday, and he has made a programme that perfectly contrasts and then unites the forces of the London Sinfonietta with Theatre of Voices, led by Paul Hillier. The music is extraordinary: curious, inventive, quirky, intense and ultimately beautiful. Across the course of the evening, he deconstructs Dowland’s haunting madrigal Flow My Tears, exploring and expanding its harmony and syllables.
This programme has already received 5* reviews for performances in Denmark and Huddersfield; if you don’t know Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s music yet, you will be glad you heard it live.
Supported by the Danish Arts Council Committee for Performing Arts and the Danish Composers' Society's Production Pool / KODA's Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes
£12 (unreserved seating)