Thursday 7 May 2015, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Pierre-André Valade conductor

Irvine Arditti violin

Scelsi Anahit for violin and ensemble

Scelsi I Presagifor brass ensemble and percussion

Italian aristocrat Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988) chose not to speak about his unique music and didn't much care whether it was performed or not. Though Scelsi was appreciated by major composers such as Ligeti and Murail, it wasn't until the mid-1980s when his music was more widely discovered - and it remains rarely performed in the UK. Full of primeval energy and of fantastical touches, Scelsi's visionary works often refer to mythology: I presagi alludes to the downfall of a Mayan city, and Anahit is subtitled 'lyric poem dedicated to Venus'.

This concert is part of the Music of Today series