Explore some of the London Sinfonietta’s most iconic commissions as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations. From the architectural principles that guide Xenakis’ Thallein, to the richness of Birtwistle’s Silbury Air, inspired by the mystery of the prehistoric Silbury Hill in Wiltshire, these landmark pieces give a sense of the musical journey the London Sinfonietta has taken.
Iannis Xenakis Thallein for chamber orchestra (1984)
Wolfgang Rihm Chiffre ii: Silence to be beaten (1983)
Colin Matthews Contraflow (1992)
Sir Harrison Birtwistle Silbury Air (1977, rev 2003)
Martyn Brabbins conductor
A composer whose craggily, joyously elemental music turned collections of pitches and rhythms and instruments into a force of nature " The Guardian on Iannis Xenakis
Exhilarating, propulsive, splenetic, raucous, disruptive " Classical Source on Sir Harrison Birtwistle's Silbury Air
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