Publisher: Chester Music
A Cold Spring (2009)
Commissioned by Aldeburgh Music with funds provided by the Sue Knussen
Composers Fund and the following individuals through Birmingham Contemporary
Music Group’s Sound Investment scheme:
Commissioned by Aldeburgh Music with funds from BCMG and Sue Knussen Trust for the BCMG conducted by Oliver Knussen.
Chester Music Ltd
Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
A Cold Spring falls into three movements although these are played almost without a break. The first movement is fast-moving and features an exuberant duet for two clarinets. The second is a mini concerto for solo horn accompanied by the ensemble. More nocturnal in character, a repetitive rocking rhythm lends it a feel of a lullaby. The third movement opens with an energetic outburst for the whole group. Solos and duets are juxtaposed with the combined ensemble to create an impression of stark contrast.
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Hallé Orchestra and Hallé Soloists
Sir Mark Elder and Jamie Phillips