James MacMillan's All the Hills and Vales Along


World premiere

Sun 4 Nov 2018 7.00pm - 9.10pm
Barbican Hall, London

JAMES MACMILLAN All the Hills and Vales Along *

Gianandrea Noseda conductor
Ian Bostridge tenor
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain
London Symphony Orchestra

* Commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra and 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, with the world premieres taking place at The Cumnock Tryst festival (chamber version) on 6 October 2018 and LSO (orchestral version) on 4 November 2018

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Part of 2018/19 Season

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James MacMillan’s affecting memorial to the dead of World War I is paired with Shostakovich’s gut-wrenching Fourth Symphony.

James MacMillan’s new work, commissioned to commemorate 100 years since the Armistice of 1918, remembers the human cost of war. Setting words by Charles Sorley, a poet killed in action in 1915, it addresses rows of soldiers on their way to the front. ‘On, marching men, on / To the gates of death with song  / … Give your gladness to earth’s keeping  / So be glad, when you are sleeping’.

Shostakovich’s Fourth is a work of epic proportions, requiring over 100 musicians. Owing to Soviet censure, the piece went unperformed for almost 30 years after it was completed. That is until, in 1961, it was revealed as a significant milestone in the composer’s output, the work which solidified him as a master symphonist.

Part of For the Fallen: Marking the First World War Centenary

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Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Thursday 8 November 7.30pm