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Iris ter Schiphorst: Zerstören

AUDIO (11:26),
30 May 2012

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Iris ter Schiphorst Zerstören

Martyn Brabbins conductor
London Sinfonietta

This is a recording of the UK premiere, captured live in concert at Pavilions: New Music Show 2, at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 5 November 2011.


The current situation, as reflected in the news, suggests that a new form of irrationality is on the advance, and that global politics is increasingly dominated by archaic 'passions' and brutal violence. These images haunt and change Iris ter Schiphorst. She describes Zerstören as 'an attempt to translate my psycho-somatic response to these events in sound'. A climate prevails throughout the piece; a kind of general excitement or tension, constantly interrpted by pseudo-passionate outbursts or, in contrast, lurking silence.

Click here to read more about Iris ter Schiphorst.

Iris ter Schiphorst's music is published by Boosey and Hawkes.