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Basel Symphony Orchestra 3

More than minimal - Mini(mal music) Festival


Arvo Pärt
These Words
Michael Nyman
Concerto for Trombone
Philip Glass
Symphony No. 6 (Plutonian Ode)


Dennis Russell Davies
Mike Svoboda
Karen Robertson

One of Switzerland’s leading orchestras, the Basel Symphony Orchestra has a broad repertoire ranging effortlessly from the Viennese classics to contemporary music. Whether in the concert hall or the opera house, this internationally varied group of musicians constantly demonstrates its unique flexibility and artistic prowess. The orchestra performs a set of three concerts presenting visually inspired music with its roots in minimalism.

The concentrated and mysterious sound world of Arvo Pärt is heard very effectively in his beautifully meditative These Words, for strings and percussion.

Nyman’s Concerto for Trombone pits the soloist dramatically against sections of the orchestra; the trombone is supported by strings and brass but chivvied and chased by woodwind and metal percussion (including steel filing cabinets!), the latter having started out benign and tuned but becoming increasingly hostile and untuned.

Commissioned by Carnegie Hall in honour of the composer’s 65th birthday, Philip Glass’ Plutonian Ode Symphony is based on Allen Ginsberg’s poem of the same name, its three movements following the three parts of the poem about nuclear pollution, healing, and epiphany. Dennis Russell Davies conducted the world premiere in 2002.

Part of Zurich International Orchestra Series 2013-14.

From 6.30pm: free pre-concert music in the Culford Room
The Marmen Quartet performs Arvo Pärt’s Fratres and Beethoven’s String Quartet in E flat, Op. 74.

Part of Zurich International Orchestra Series 2013/14

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