Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
London Sinfonietta / George Benjamin
The title of this piece was suggested by Arnold Schoenberg’s short story "To the Wharfs" in which he describes the mounting anxiety of the members of a French fishing village as the boats and the sea-bound fisherman failed to appear after a storm and several days’ absence. When they were suddenly sighted all shouted "to the wharfs, aux quais, O.K."
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