Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra for the UK Premiere of Anders Hillborg’s Beast Sampler on Friday 21 August.
Framed by works of Sibelius, Leifs and Beethoven, Beast Sampler promises to strip away all we know of the symphony orchestra, transforming it into a ‘sound animal’. The beast (the untamed, uncontrollable animal) is of course the orchestra. The composer states that “Beast Sampler is more about sound than pitch. There are some ‘samples’ from earlier pieces of mine, as well as new samples.”
Born in Stockholm in 1954, Hillborg gained his first musical experience singing in choirs and from being involved in various forms of improvised music. He studied counterpoint, composition and electronic music at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm where his teachers included Gunnar Bucht and Lars-Erik Rosell. Brian Ferneyhough, who was a guest lecturer at the college, was another important source of inspiration. Since then, Hillborg’s musical output has been extensive, covering orchestral, choral and chamber music as well as film scores and pop music. In 2012 his piece Eleven Gates won the Swedish Grammy Award for Best Classical CD of the Year.
The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic gave Beast Sampler its World Premiere on 21 November 2014 as Sakari Oramo presented the composer’s major works as part of the week-long Hillborg Festival along with conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen and Baldur Brönnimann.
Prom 47, Royal Albert Hall 19:00 Friday 21 August 2015
Sibelius - Tapiola Leifs - Organ Concerto INTERVAL Hillborg - Beast Sampler Beethoven - Symphony no.7 in A major
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