Michael Hersch piano Ah Young Hong, Kiera Duffy soprano Gary Louie alto saxophone Amy Yang piano Tito Munoz conductor Members of Mahler Chamber Orchestra Michael Hersch of ages manifest, for unaccompanied alto saxophone – I (2011) (UK premiere) Michael Hersch The Vanishing Pavilions, for piano (2005) Michael Hersch of ages manifest, for unaccompanied alto saxophone – VII (2011) (UK premiere) Michael Hersch I hope we get a chance to visit soon pieces after texts of Rebecca Elson, Mary Harris O’Reilly and Christopher Middleton for two sopranos, Bb clarinet/Bb bass clarinet, alto saxophone, bassoon, piano, two violins, viola, cello and double bass (2018) (Aldeburgh Festival commission, European premiere) Michael Hersch is a dizzyingly virtuosic interpreter of extracts from his own monumental piano work The Vanishing Pavilions. It has been described as ‘a shattered song cycle without words’, and even when words are missing, Hersch’s music flows out into the space they leave; by turns violent, fragile, and heartbreakingly direct. In the concluding work, words are very much present. It is an expansive new chamber cantata based on letters and emails from a now-departed friend as she confronted cancer – a clear-sighted but uncompromisingly emotional response to a poignant correspondence.

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