Soprano Juliet Fraser and pianist Mark Knoop will perform the second of our two concerts devoted to Michael Finnissy. The central piece will be the premiere of his Andersen Liederkreis. With references to the Danish author Hans-Christian Andersen and to Robert Schumann’s two volumes entitled Liederkreis, this concert promises to be a typical ‘Finnissy trip’ filled with musical and cultural references. A few shorter works by Finnissy will fill out this portrait of the birthday boy.
Michael Finnissy (premiere)
Klaas Coulembier, 17:00
Michael Finnissy (°1946) is concerned with the political aspects of music. He
believes that all music is 'programmatic' to some degree, it exists within
a culture that reflects both the extra-musical and purely musical concerns
of the composer. It is a force for change. His engagement with political and
social themes has become more prominent as his career progressed. Finnissy
has taught at the Royal Academy of Music, the University
of Sussex, and is currently Professor of composition at
the University of Southampton.
Soprano Juliet Fraser has a repertoire dominated by the very old and the very new. In new music, she has performed as a guest soloist with Plus-Minus, We Spoke: New Music Company, London Sinfonietta, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Endymion, ICTUS and Ensemble Intercontemporain. In early music, she has performed regularly with the soloists of Collegium Vocale Gent and with Gli Angeli Genève. She is also co-founder and principal soprano of EXAUDI.
London based pianist and conductor Mark Knoop is known for his fearless performances and individual interpretation. He has commissioned and premiered countless new works and worked with many respected composers including Michael Finnissy, Joanna Bailie, Bryn Harrisson, Bernhard Lang, Matthew Shlomowitz, Jennifer Walshe and Steven Kazuo Takasugi. His versatile technique and virtuosity also brings fresh approaches to the standard and 20th-century repertoire.