#201 London Sinfonietta
Every orchestra needs its niche. The compact and bijou London Sinfonietta plays exclusively contemporary classical music, and we heard them perform Thomas Adès’ In Seven Days. Mr Ades is the Isambard Kingdom Brunel of the contemporary classical world*. He calls this piece a piano concerto and video-ballet, which he has every right to do, because the music is accompanied by breathtaking abstract visuals by Tal Rosner, illustrating the creation of the world, day by biblical day. It was preceded by Steve Reich’s Tehillim, a choral piece which sounded, to me, like music from another planet – a slower, more ordered place, full of repetition and harmony.
I know less about contemporary classic music than I do about contemporary classical brain surgery, so this was a whole new world of sound for me. (Mrs Brown, not so much. This is like watching Friends to her. She has nuff culture blud, isn’t it.)
*You do understand I’m pulling this stuff out of my arse, don’t you? He could be the Joseph Goebbels of the classical contemporary world for all I know. I’m just paraphrasing the press release.