SWEDISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AT THE BBC PROMS with THE BRANDENBURG PROJECT

On Sunday 5 August the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard bring the Brandenburg Project to London for the world premiere of the complete cycle, which will be performed at two Prom concerts (15.00 and 19.30).

More than 10 years in the making, the Örebro based ensemble has commissioned six new works inspired by one of J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, each of which will be performed alongside the original in concert. The six composers who accepted the challenge are Uri Caine, Brett Dean, Anders Hillborg, Steven Mackey, Olga Neuwirth and Mark Anthony Turnage. Each of these composers were given the brief that they should write a ‘partner work’ for one particular Brandenburg Concerto, using the same ensemble. It was left to the composers to decide for which solo instrument or instruments they wished to write for and how their new piece would relate to the original concerto that would feature alongside their own work.

Two of the composers, Uri Caine and Brett Dean, are also performers within the project, with Tabea Zimmermann joining Dean as viola soloist. Mark-Anthony Turnage has composed for the boundary-breaking cellist Maya Beiser, Anders Hillborg for Finnish improvising violinist Pekka Kuusisto, Olga Neuwirth for experimental flautist Claire Chase and Steven Mackey for a concertino group including Kuusisto and trumpet virtuoso Håkan Hardenberger. In this way, "The Brandenburg Project" spans three centuries of music and embraces musicians from around the world.

 

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