Line-up /Mark-Anthony Turnage: Texan Tenebrae (UK premiere)
Philip Glass: Violin Concerto No.2 (The American Four Seasons) (European premiere)
Henryk Górecki: Symphony No.3
Marin Alsop conductor
Robert McDuffie violin
The London Philharmonic Orchestra presents an evening of premieres of music by Mark-Anthony Turnage and Philip Glass. As the resounding stillness of his Third Symphony echoed through Europe in 1977, Henryk Górecki's unparalleled music began to uplift, move, and inspire many thousands - often listeners entirely new to classical music. Whilst the pattern-based, hypnotic minimalism of Philip Glass was emerging in America, in Poland Górecki was beginning to create music that concurrently displayed energy and placidity. It was inspired not by the compelling clacketty-clack of industrial America, but by the granite-like eternities of Polish soil, folksong and faith. Here, Europe greets The American Four Seasons from Philip Glass.
Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm - Marin Alsop introduces the programme. Admission free.
Turnage's Texan Tenebrae is commissioned by the Festival de Musica de Canarias and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Glass' Violin Concerto No.2 (The American Four Seasons) is commissioned by the Toronto Symphony and London Philharmonic Orchestras, Aspen Music Festival and School, Krannert Center at the University of Illinois and Carlsen Center at the Johnson County Community College.