Friday, June 27, 2008

Later they brought me their song


I must confess I rather wish I was at Glastonbury this weekend to hear Leonard Cohen who has been receiving rave reviews for his UK tour. But I'm quite happy to be at Aldeburgh's Faster Than Sound new music festival starting with this double-header tonight:

* Arditti Quartet at 7.00pm ~ Bach arr Harrison Birtwistle Fugue (world premiere), Stravinsky Three pieces for String Quartet, Cage String Quartet in Four Parts, Bach arr Harrison Birtwistle Fugue (world premiere), Harrison Birtwistle Tree of Strings (UK premiere)

* London Voices with Ben Parry director at 10.00pm ~ Stockhausen Stimmung (Header photo of Collegium Vocale performing Stimmung in Paris in 1971 is from Richard Friedman.)

The weather forecast for Aldeburgh is good after rain last night. So we're doing it Glastonbury style with a bottle of wine and a patchouli oil burner for the hour's interval between the two concerts, and Leonard Cohen will be with us in the car.

Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone.
They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can't go on.
And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song.
Oh I hope you run into them, you who've been travelling so long.
Leonard Cohen- Sisters of Mercy.

Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage and Leonard Cohen appear together here.
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