Antony Hermus conductor
No composer since Olivier Messiaen had so consistently captured notions of spirituality and transcendence into music than Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012). We celebrate what would have been his 75th birthday with the performance of two major works: the ensemble piece Wheel of Emptiness, an evocation of buddhism, and Scena, a 'quasi-operatic scene' for violin and ensemble, which runs the emotional gamut from turmoil to luminous serenity. These are fascinatingly vivid and profound works by a great modernist composer, who created a musical world of his own.
Electronics supplied by the Birmingham Conservatoire
This concert is part of the Music of Today series
The Music of Today series is supported by The Meyer Foundation