Welcome to Hard Rain SolistEnsemble’s 2017/18 Season.
This event takes its name from the delicate and intricately wrought closing work of the concert by Italian composer Simone Movio, a recipient of the highly prestigious Ernst von Siemens Composers’ Prize in 2014.
Both first and second halves of the concert open with pieces of equal exquisiteness. Ian Wilson’s Timelessly This is a work the ensemble is delighted to return to time and time again, and in the concert’s second half, the gorgeous (certainly Messiaen-inspired) Distance de Fée by Toru Takemitsu is performed here by the first of our HRSE 2017/18 Young Artists, Susanna Griffin. The bassoonist Olivia Palmer-Baker, our other HRSE Young Artist, performs The Voice by Dai Fujikura, an atmospheric piece that utilises extended techniques on the bassoon and cello in the most fascinating way.
The term fascinating only begins to describe the dramatic centerpiece of our programme, George Crumb’s Vox Balaenae (Voice of the whale). This theatrical piece has more than a few surprises in store; suffice to say it is an utterly unique experience for the listener.
Two solo works complete the programme: Chaconne by Siobhán Cleary, a still work which gathers an ornamented momentum before disappearing again into silence, and the Irish premiere of Ryan Molloy’s beautiful new work for bass clarinet, Amhrán Fheilimidh, in which he pursues his continued interest in the convergence of Irish traditional and contemporary classical music. This candlelit concert promises to get the Easter holidays off to a profound and reflective start.
Timelessly This (1992)
Ian Wilson (1964)
clarinet, violin, violoncello & piano
The Voice (2007)
Dai Fujikura (1977)
violoncello & bassoon
featuring Olivia Palmer-Baker (Hard Rain Young Artist 2017/18)
Vox Balaenae (1971)
George Crumb (1929)
flute, violoncello & piano
Distance de Fée (1951)
Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)
violin & piano
featuring Susanna Griffin (Hard Rain Young Artist 2017/18)
Siobhán Cleary (1970)
Amhrán Fheilimidh (2017) Irish Premiere
Ryan Molloy (1983)
solo bass clarinet
Di Fragili Incanti (2006) Irish Premiere
Simone Movio (1978)
flute (picc), Bb clarinet (Bs cl), violin, violoncello & piano
The Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble is a contemporary music group from Belfast devoted to the performance of modern and contemporary music and are The Crescent's Ensemble In Residence. To discover more about HRSE visit www.hardrainensemble.com