Jonathan Powell (piano): Xenakis Piano Music

Saturday, October 29, 2016
£5 or annual pass

Music by Iannis Xenakis alongside works by Hugues Dufourt, Morgan Hayes, Michael Finnissy, Luke Stoneham and a selection of contemporary Lithuanian composers​. Jonathan Powell presents Xenakis’ complete mature piano music, rarely heard together in one concert. Xenakis was born in Greece but spent his working life in Paris. His radical music has structural parallels with mathematics and architecture (he worked with le Corbusier); it is visceral, dramatic, explosive, dense and crystalline.

Powell will also present a new work by pre-eminent French composer Hugues Dufourt, six works from an ongoing project with Lithuanian composers, two related but contrasting works by Michael Finnissy, and music written especially for Jonathan by two of Finnissy’s most illustrious UK students: Morgan Hayes and Luke Stoneham.

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Pre-concert talk with Professor Martyn Harry (JdP Artistic Director) and the peformer Jonathan Powell.
PART 1: Complete Xenakis, Scelsi & Dufourt - 0h 44' 54''
Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001)- Mists (1980)
Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988)- Un Adieu
Iannis Xenakis - à R (1987)
Iannis Xenakis - Herma (1961)
Hugues Dufourt (1943-) - Reine Spannung (2015) UK première
Iannis Xenakis - Evryali (1973)
Interval 1
PART 2: Contemporary Lithuania - 1h 58' 06''
Gailė Griciūtė (1985-) - This Too Will Pass (2015) UK première
Vidmantas Bartulis (1954-) - Mists/Ūkanos (1985) UK première
Rytis Mažulis (1961-) - Canon aenigmaticus (1990) UK première
Artūras Bumšteinas (1982-) - Cornell/Wagner (2011) UK première
Mykolas Natalevičius (1985-) - Epitafija (2006) UK première
Šarūnas Nakas (1962-) - Ketman (2012) UK première
Interval 2
PART 3: Finnissy and his students - 2h 46' 38''
Michael Finnissy (1946-) - Jazz (1975), Nashville Nightingale (1991)
Morgan Hayes (1972-) - Elemental (2014—16) UK première (commissioned with funds from the Britten Pears Foundation)
Luke Stoneham (1967-) - Altawhid (2003)