Satie Gymnopédie No. 3
Thomas Adès The Lover in Winter
Debussy Danse Sacrée et Danse profane
Nico Muhly Clear Music
Dowland (arr. Nico Muhly) Time Stands Still (world premiere)
Nico Muhly Motion
Nico Muhly Old Bones (world premiere of ensemble version)
Thomas Adès The Four Quarters
Brahms Gestillte Sehnsucht
Iestyn Davies countertenor
Sally Pryce harp
John Reid piano
Aurora Principal Players
“It is hard to describe what makes a composer’s voice authentic. But you know it when you hear it. Nico Muhly has a voice, a Muhly sound, and it came through” The New York Times
Curated with longstanding Aurora collaborators Nico Muhly and Iestyn Davies, this programme stops the clocks and delves into ancient notions of time, as explored by Dowland, Debussy, Satie and Adès.
Muhly’s distinctive musical voice is threaded throughout, from his haunting account of the discovery of Richard III’s Old Bones to the virtuosic and uplifting sextet Motion.
Grammy award-winning countertenor Davies joins Aurora for a series of evocative songs: Adès “The Lover in Winter”, Downland’s “Time Stands Still” arranged by Muhly, and Brahms’ “Gestillte Sehnsucht (Stilled Desire)” written for the unusual combination of voice, viola and piano.
Completing the transcendental programme is Adès’s portrayal of the ‘25th hour’ at the end of his extraordinary quartet The Four Quarters, where time at last seeps beyond the measure of the clock face.
Join us for a free pre-concert talk with Nico Muhly in conversation with BBC Radio 3’s Tom Service.
Part of Time Unwrapped