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Elliott Carter: 103rd birthday concert on DVD

(February 2014)

A new DVD from NMC is a historic document of the New York concert celebrating Elliott Carter's 103rd birthday, a year before the composer's death.

NMC has released a new DVD documenting Elliott Carter’s 103rd birthday concert in New York on 8 December 2011, a year before his death. The programme features 12 chamber works Carter wrote between the ages of 83 and 102, performed by a collection of instrumentalists who had worked closely with the composer. The concert includes world premieres of his String Trio, two miniatures Mnemosyné for violin and Rigmarole for cello and bass clarinet, and the e e cummings song cycle A Sunbeam’s Architecture with tenor Nicholas Phan and a chamber orchestra assembled from the evening’s players.

Following the footage of the concert is a garland of filmed tributes to Carter from leading British composers George Benjamin, Harrison Birtwistle, Alexander Goehr, Oliver Knussen and Colin Matthews. The booklet accompanying the DVD includes personal recollections from Fred Sherry, who assembled the programme, and from NMC’s Executive Producer Colin Matthews, together with programme notes and rare photographs from Carter’s archive.

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Carter highlights in the coming months include Daniel Barenboim conducting the German premiere of the composer’s last orchestral work, Instances, with the Staatskapelle in Berlin on 18 March. The Tonhalle in Zürich plays host to the Swiss premieres of Sound Fields and the Bass Clarinet Concertino on 9/10 May conducted by Christoph von Dohnányi and Heinz Holliger respectively. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under Ryan Wigglesworth presents a pair of Carter concerts in Glasgow on 28/29 May with soloists Nicolas Hodges and Colin Currie culminating in the composer’s magnum opus Symphonia.

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