Work of the week - Thomas Larcher: A Padmore Cycle


On 1 November, a newly orchestrated version of Thomas Larcher’s A Padmore Cycle, composed and named for tenor Mark Padmore, will be premiered by Padmore and the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Edward Gardner at London’s Barbican Hall.

A Padmore Cycle consists of "eleven pieces" on short texts by Alois Hotschnig and Hans Aschenwald. The original work was written for tenor and piano, receiving its premiere in May 2011 at the festival VIN-o-TON in Margreid in Italy, with Mark Padmore and the composer on the piano. Larcher considers this new version more than a mere transcription of the original:

Even while writing the original version for tenor and piano, I thought about the possibility of setting this piece for tenor and orchestra. I wanted to let the sound-world of the piano (the 'reflections') explode … just like projecting the thoughts and feelings of the inside of a human head on a very large screen, and thus sensing all the details and the dimensions of them. – Thomas Larcher

Larcher’s work makes reference to "Das Wandern" from Franz Schubert's cycle "Die schöne Müllerin", tying in with the rest of the programme which will include Schubert’s "Unfinished Symphony". Alongside these pieces, the BBC SO will perform Hans Werner Henze’s "Erlkönig".

(10/27/2014)

 

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Work of the week - Thomas Larcher: A Padmore Cycle

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