This special Prom at the Roundhouse marks both 100 years since Armistice and the 50th anniversary of the London Sinfonietta. Conducted by George Benjamin, the programme includes four brand new commissions inspired by the First World War, from leading European composers: Luca Francesconi, Georg Friedrich Haas, Hannah Kendall and Isabel Mundry.
The evening also features two pieces written either side of the war, Ives’ searching The Unanswered Question and Stravinsky’s elegant Symphonies of Wind Instruments, along with a monumental work by one of the most important figures in 20th-century music: Messiaen’s Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, a homage to those who lost their lives in the two World Wars.
Charles Ives The Unanswered Question
Luca Francesconi We Wept (world premiere)
Isabel Mundry Gefallen (world premiere)
Hannah Kendall Verdala (world premiere)
Georg Friedrich Haas the last minutes of inhumanity (world premiere)
Igor Stravinsky Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Olivier Messiaen Et exspecto ressurectionem mortuorum
George Benjamin conductor
Susan Bickley mezzo-soprano