Date
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 19:00
Location
Italian courtyard of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

The final concert - Brave New World - will present English composers of the second half of the 20th century and our contemporaries. The programme will open with composer Elisabeth Lutyens’s String Quartet No. 6 (Russian premiere) dedicated to one of the main exhibition characters, Francis Bacon. It will be followed by Incipit Vita Nova, a sample of harmonious new simplicity by Gavin Bryars; The Piano Trio by Alexander Goehr, a consistent enthusiast of serial method; and the shocking Life Story by the leader of new British music, Thomas Ades. The festival will close with an unusual work by Benjamin Britten composed on Auden’s poem Night Mail for the 1936 documentary film of the same name — perhaps the first and only rap in the history of classical music.

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Programme

Elizabeth Lutyens (1906—1983)
String Quartet №6, Op. 25 (1952) to Francis Bacon
 
Gavin Bryars )р.1943)
«Incipit Vita Nova» to the lyrics by G. Brayers and Dante Alighieri (1989)
 
Alexander Goehr (р.1932)
Piano Trio, op. 20 (1966)
 
Thomas Adès ( р.1971)
«Life story», op. 8b (1990)
 
Benjamin Britten (1913—1976)
«Night Mail» (1936) to the lyrics by Wystan Hugh Auden
  

Performers

William Towers (countertenor)
Alice Ten (soprano)
Alexey Kurbatov (piano)
Instrumental ensemble, art. Roman Mintz (violin)