16/11/19 8pm. Birmingham Cathedral
The Ripieno Players with Chris Roberts
Conductor: Joe Davies
Continuing with his promotion of new music, Welsh guitarist Chris Roberts will premiere Water Portraits, a new guitar concerto with The Ripieno Players in Birmingham Cathedral on the 16th November. Written by Welsh composer Sam Buttler, this piece showcases many aspects of the guitar and continues Roberts’s commitment to championing Welsh new music, most recently on his 2019 debut album Adra, released by Tŷ Cerdd. Full concert details and tickets below.
The Ripieno Players present a unique look at Vienna before, during, and after the First World War.
Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht and Berg's Wozzeck Interludes, written either side of the First World War, remain the quintessential musical portraits of the night sky, both questioning the disturbing world that was unearthing (or had unearthed) around them. Webern's Langsamer Satz, a similar music offering to that of Schoenberg's, also questions the state of the world at the turn of the 20th Century: its failure to be transformed into a four-movement String Quartet is emblematic of its negative outlook towards its outside world. In today's increasingly unfamiliar climate, these works are as relevant now as they were then, making a New Commission from Sam Buttler (Water Portraits) aptly complete an atmospheric night in Birmingham Cathedral.