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!
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.
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…
Location: Memorial Hall, Freshwater, Isle of Wight
Description: Onyx play their first concert of the year for West Wight Arts Association, in Freshwater. The light programme includes pieces by Berlioz and Copland, as well as Rossini's famous overture to "William Tell".
Endymion bring their "Hommage à Brahms" programme to the University of York.
Beethoven – Violin sonata no.10 in G major, Op.96
Ligeti – Trio for horn, violin and piano, ‘Hommage à Brahms’
Brahms – Trio for horn, violin and piano in E flat major, Op.40
Endymion at Kings Place
February 6, 2014, 7:30 pm
Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG, United Kingdom
Endymion celebrates its 35th birthday with a weekend of concerts at Kings Place. Two of the concerts are also part of the Chamber Classics Unwrapped series: showcasing the Top 50 chamber works, as voted for by readers of BBC Music Magazine. At number 43 was Brahms' horn trio, and Endymion perform it with their tried and tested successful pairing of the Ligeti work for the same instruments, subtitles "Hommage à Brahms". Our principal violinist, Krysia Osostowicz, offers a Beethoven violin sonata by way of contrast.
Beethoven – Violin Sonata No.10 in G major, Op.96
Ligeti – Trio for horn, violin and piano, “Hommage à Brahms”
Brahms – Trio in E flat major for horn, violin and piano, Op.40
Violin Krysia Osostowicz
Horn Stephen Stirling
Piano Michael Dussek