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|Messiaen||‘Le merle bleu’; ‘Le loriot’; ‘L’alouette lulu’; ‘Le courlis cendré’ & ‘La fauvette des jardins’ from Catalogue d’oiseaux|
Following the guidance from Public Health England, it is with heavy hearts that we inform you that our artistic programme will be suspended until the advice changes. Read our full statement.
Please note that Chris Watson, our Artist in Residence for Nature Unwrapped, has created a sound calendar of environments from the northern hemisphere. Ahead of this show, you will be hearing sounds from an old railway path in Suffolk. Come half an hour before the performance to enjoy the installation in Hall One. Your ticket is required.
‘The colossal energy of Stefanovich’s performance was hugely impressive’ The Telegraph
Birdsong was a key musical resource for Olivier Messiaen. His Catalogue d’oiseaux, 13 portraits of different birds divided into seven books, is one of the greatest, most original works of the 20th century.
Here, the celebrated Serbian pianist Tamara Stefanovich presents her choice of captivating portraits in an evening-long sequence. From the jazz-inflected energy of ‘merle bleu’ (‘Bluebird’) to the mystical epic that is ‘La fauvette des jardins’ (‘The Garden Warbler’), Messiaen’s last work for piano, this promises to be a vivid immersion in the mysterious, savage beauty of nature’s own music refracted through the mind of an artist.
Tamara Stefanovich is co-founder and curator of the newly created festival The Clearing at Portland International Piano Series that will see her perform in recitals and work with young pianists and composers. Recent engagements have included Tamara’s debut with the Sarasota Orchestra and performances with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, MDR Symphonieorchester Leipzig, WDR Symphonieorchester Köln, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Iceland Symphony Orchestra as well as an extensive US recital tour marking the 90th birthday of Pierre Boulez garnering exultant reviews such as that of The New York Times: ‘Ms. Stefanovich’s performance of Boulez’ second piano sonata was staggeringly brilliant’.