Academy Manson Ensemble with London Sinfonietta

Wednesday, 06.12.2017 19:30, Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: £15–£25 (concessions 50% off) from Southbank Centre: www.southbankcentre.co.uk, tel 020 3879 9555; booking fees apply

Oliver Knussen conductor
Academy Manson Ensemble
London Sinfonietta

Stockhausen Zodiac for orchestra
Stockhausen Trans for orchestra and tape

Oliver Knussen, the Academy’s Richard Rodney Bennett Professor of Music, conducts an all-Stockhausen programme culminating in Trans (1971), a magnificent and fascinating orchestral work which came to the composer in a dream. As much a piece of theatre as it is music, the entirety of it is played behind a mesh gauze, so that the eerie sounds seem to appear and fade away as if in a dream themselves. This project is the most recent collaboration in a series of side-by-side concerts and mentorship experience for senior Academy students with London Sinfonietta, which began in 2002. This is the third in a biennial series of large-scale Stockhausen performances at Royal Festival Hall.

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