The Music for People project is now just under two weeks away, and promises great things. Endymion are teaming up with EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble, and this project will combine three works by Pärt with three newly commissioned compositions.
Arvo Pärt has been a real focal point of our repertoire over the last year, and the group will be performing Fratres and Summa along with the vocal masterpiece Stabat Mater. Look out for Arvo Pärt’s exceptional ability to combing textures. The Stabat Mater really brings strings and voices together with delicious originality. The interaction between voice and instrument is so carefully judged that the boundaries become blurred: voices creep into string textures, and vice versa, the strings embody personal, vocal qualities through the minimality of the scoring, and strings double vocal lines at the peaks and depths of their range to create new aural colours. These blurring techniques, in turn, make moments of unaccompanied playing or singing, exceptionally striking.
In addition to Pärt, the concert includes three fantastic new works. James Weeks’ Inscription is an expansive and thought-provoking work in Portugese, whilst the other two works are as riotous as Weeks’ is meditative. Andrew Hamilton’s right and wrong contains a vast sound pallet of buzzing, ringing, waltzing and even shouting, and Philip Venables’ numbers : 76-80 ‘Tristan und Isolde’ contains a remarkable auralisation of swarming wasps.
These three new pieces were commissioned by Endymion, EXAUDI and SOUND Festival, Aberdeen, whose musical and financial support has been most valuable. We are also extremely grateful to the Leche Trust, the Marina Kleinwort Trust, and the Golden Bottle Trust, all of whom have generously funded this event.
The project takes place on November 12th, 7.30pm, at the SOUND Festival in Aberdeen. Tickets can be booked here, and are just £10 – £8 for concessions or a remarkable £2 for students. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Tagged aberdeen, Arvo Pärt, Endymion, EXAUDI, minimalism, Philip Venables, Sound Festival, Sound Scotland, Stabat Matar, vocal music
This week Endymion will be travelling to the musical extremes of Eastern and Western Europe with their GOODBYE STALIN! concert in Leeds on Friday 4 November, and a programme of French and German music next Tuesday 8 November in London.
Twenty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, we’re celebrating with a programme of Russian and Estonian music in the fantastic Howard Assembly Room in Leeds. Inspired by Opera North’s production of Tchaikovsky’s dark tragedy The Queen of Spades, the programme at the HAR this Autumn aims to “shed some light on the endlessly fascinating Russian imagination” – and Endymion are delighted to have been invited to reprise some of the material from their concert in May.
This is not just music for music’s sake – although the two piano quintets by Schnittke and Shostakovich really are some of the finest chamber works of the twentieth century. This is also music with a history. In rehearsals they’ve been exploring both the light and the dark sides of the quintet that won Shostakovich the prestigious Stalin prize in 1941 and Schnittke’s memoriam of the older composer, his Duo. Alongside these Russian works they’ll be performing Summa – a string quartet by contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, who fled to Vienna in 1980 after a prolonged struggle against Soviet officialdom.
Next week, Endymion treat us to some of their favourite works from the other side of the Iron Curtain in the Michael Croft Theatre at Alleyn’s School in London. Side by side are two quintets for piano and wind, both in E flat major – the first, Mozart claimed, was “the finest work I have ever composed”, and the second is a homage to his master from the 26-year-old Beethoven. They’ve paired these Teutonic classics with some French fancy: Poulenc’s Sextet for piano and winds (an Endymion favourite!) and the fantastic Nissen arrangement of Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite. The players are also looking forward to working with pupils from the school in a coaching workshop in the afternoon.
There are still a few tickets left for both concerts – you can book tickets for the Howard Assembly Room here and for Alleyn’s School here.
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Tagged Alleyn's School, Arvo Pärt, Beethoven, Endymion, Goodbye Stalin!, Howard Assembly Room, Mozart, Opera North, Poulenc, Ravel, Schnittke, Shostakovich
We were delighted with Endymion’s late-night performance of Arvo Pärt a few weeks ago at Wigmore Hall with the wonderful EXAUDI. They performed in Wigmore Hall’s new late-night series, at 10pm on Friday 8th July. The hall was really full (busier than for the 7pm concert that night!) and the atmosphere was really serene and concentrated, for four contrasting pieces of Pärt: Fratres, Summa, Pilgrim’s Song and the Stabat Mater.
Geoff Brown reviewed for The Times:
“One Arvo Pärt work followed another, from the chord sequences of Fratres to the measured sorrows of his Stabat Mater setting: music of rapturous, daring simplicity, vigorously etched by a string quartet drawn from Endymion and three of Exaudi’s fearless voices.”
This was the first performance in a line of Arvo Pärt performances, not least of Endymion’s large Music for People project at Southbank Centre on 19th and 21st September, when they’ll be joining up with EXAUDI again to perform more Pärt, plus some Morton Feldman and four new commissions from James Weeks, Joanna Bailie, Andrew Hamilton and Philip Venables. More to follow on here soon, but book your tickets now.
Monday 19th September: Pärt, Venables, Bailie.
Wednesday 21st September: Feldman, Hamilton, Weeks.
The photo here is Endymion rehearsing Summa in Wigmore Hall on the morning of the concert.
The tickets went on sale last week for Endymion’s and EXAUDI’s joint late-night concert at Wigmore Hall on Friday 8th July at 10pm.
Endymion will be teaming up with long-time friends EXAUDI for this concert of music by Arvo Pärt. The late-night series is an exciting new venture by Wigmore Hall to experiment with a wider range of repertoire and, we’re honoured to be part of the first full season of this series.
Get your tickets now! About 100 seats have already been taken in the first week of booking so it looks like it could be a night to remember…
Full programme info here, and booking details:
More info about EXAUDI: http://exaudi.org.uk/