Julian Anderson - Heaven is Shy of Earth, The Comedy of Change | Ondine ODE13132

Julian Anderson - Heaven is Shy of Earth, The Comedy of Change

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Label: Ondine

Cat No: ODE13132

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 12th October 2018

Contents

Artists

Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)
London Sinfonietta
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

Conductor

Oliver Knussen

Works

Anderson, Julian

Heaven is Shy of Earth for mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestra
The Comedy of Change for 12 players

Artists

Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano)
London Sinfonietta
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

Conductor

Oliver Knussen

About

This recording includes the world premiere recording of an oratorio by Julian Anderson (b. 1967), one of the most remarkable British composers of our era, conducted by the late Oliver Knussen and performed by Susan Bickley and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. These recordings highlight the art of Julian Anderson and are a unique testimony of artistic collaboration and friendship between him and the conductor that lasted for 37 years.

Julian Anderson was commissioned to write a substantial work for solo mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestra for the 2006 BBC Proms. This resulted in the creation of Heaven is Shy of Earth, based on texts by poet Emily Dickinson. The work also features texts of Latin mass, although it is by no means a sacred work. The insertions change the whole structure away from denominational Christianity and bring the liturgy out into the natural world as a sort of secular Eucharist – a celebration and sanctification of nature itself. This substantial work ends in a beautiful climax of harmonious ecstasy.

The Comedy of Change is a work for 12 instruments which pays tribute to Charles Darwin and celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book The Origin of Species. The composer intended the work to function as both a free-standing concert piece and the score of a ballet. Anderson was concerned with both the inevitable and the unpredictable aspects of change. Anderson writes: ‘I preferred not to be too literal or illustrative: I hope the musical harmonies, textures, rhythms and melodies will be sufficiently vivid to suggest to listeners their own images; or else be heard as the abstract music they essentially are.’ ‘The word “comedy” is to be understood in all its senses, including the old Elizabethan one of a series of misunderstandings with a happy outcome’, the composer adds.

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