Mark Andre's large-scale orchestral work ...hij... was heard again recently, given by the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra conducted by Emilio Pomarico on 22 February. The work was in part a response to the question, ‘What remains of the substance of your homeland, when the ground is taken (almost literally) from beneath your feet?’ To view the score, click here.
Piers Hellawell's concerto for brass quintet and chamber orchestra, Syzygy, was premiered on 28 February in Örebro, Sweden; it was given by Stockholm Chamber Brass with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Paul Watkins. Hellawell says of the piece: ‘The title refers to an alignment of three or so heavenly bodies in which the middle planet obscures the others’ views of one another. Here, the bodies are the pieces: the second piece, being the largest, separates two very different pieces on either side.’ To view the score, click here.
Matthew Taylor's Violin Concerto was given its first performance on 2 March, in St Petersburg, Russia – given by Efi Christodoulou (violin) with the St Petersburg Capella Orchestra conducted by the composer. Taylor writes, ‘It attempts to continue and extend the tradition of “singing” violin concerti established by Mendelssohn and Bruch, and later continued by Dvořák and Berg, rather than the more symphonic approach favoured by Beethoven, Brahms and Tchaikovsky.’ To view the score, click here.