More events from the programme of the new edition have been revealed, including premieres of two new works by English composer Brian Ferneyhough and an ambitious new work by bassist Barry Guy.
The concerts add to previously announced ones featuring works by hcmf// Composer in Residence Hèctor Parra and by Georg Friedrich Haas and Cecilie Ore. Tickets for all of these are currently available with exclusive online discounts.
Early booking is a must to guarantee a seat for the virtuoso talents of violinist Irvine Arditti in tandem with Ensemble Linea on Saturday 16 November. The leader of longtime hcmf// favourites the Arditti Quartet is guest soloist for the UK premiere of a new work by James Clarke, co-commissioned by hcmf// and BBC Radio 3 and to be broadcast live. The Strasbourg-based ensemble, last seen at the festival in 2011, will also give the first British performances of Brian Ferneyhough’s liber scintillarum and Raphaël Cendo’s Rokh I.
In his 70th birthday year, Ferneyhough’s music is also celebrated at hcmf// on Sunday 17 November, when Quatuor Diotima present the world premiere of Schatten aus Wasser und Stein, featuring the unparalleled technical talents of oboe soloist Christopher Redgate. The French quartet make a second appearance on Tuesday 19 November to perform Alberto Posadas’ song cycle Sombras, joined by Carl Rosman on clarinet and soprano Sarah Maria Sun.
The wide-ranging vision of British bassist and composer Barry Guy comes to the fore in Time Passing, which receives its UK premiere on Sunday 17 November. Performed by string orchestra Camerata Zurich and with Guy himself on double bass, the concert-length piece features soprano Anja Lipfert, bass-baritone Matthew Brook and improvising vocalist Savina Yannatou and draws upon material from Samuel Beckett’s Ping and poets Edwin Morgan and Kerry Hardie.
Exaudi make a much-anticipated return for the final weekend of hcmf// 2013, with conductor James Weeks leading the vocal ensemble through the world premiere of Michael Finnissy’s Sesto Libro di Carlo Gesualdo on Saturday 23 November 2013. Soaring towards ecstasies of both pleasure and pain, this new madrigal cycle will follow Enno Poppe’s Wespe and the UK premieres of Madrigali a Dio by Johannes Schöllhorn and Arnold Marinissen’s Von Pferden, Gräsern, Sonnen, Menschen… On the evening of the same day, Oslo Sinfonietta also pay a repeat visit to the festival, for the first performances of featured hcmf// composer Dai Fujikura’s second piano concerto, Diamond Dust, and new, as-yet-untitled work by Ruben Sverre Gjertsen.