Poul Ruders-Summer’s Prelude and Winter’s Fugue

Posted on July 19th, 2011 by


Poul Ruders-Summer’s Prelude and Winter’s Fugue (Live)
British Premiere
Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Stradivari 1698 ‘Joachim’)
St Bartholomew the Great
October 2010
Recording Courtesy of Colin Still (Optic Nerve)

The composer writes (26-3-2012): ‘Each time you play the fugue, you´re getting deeper and deeper into what the piece is about(even the composer is surprised at what´s going on!). Especially the way you end the piece brings tears into my eyes.’

Cornfield, Fyn 2003

Poul Ruders Summers Prelude and Winters Fugue (British Premiere)

(plus works by Tartini and Judith Bingham)

St Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield

27th October 730pm (Tickets £12 -Concessions £6)

Over the past few years, I have enjoyed working with the Danish composer Poul Ruders enormously. This work has largely been private-discussing matters of writing contrapuntal music for solo violin, meeting for tea and cake at his cottage south of Copenhagen, countless letters, leading Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen for his birthday celebration concerts last year.

On Wednesday October 27th, I will be giving the London premiere of  his Summers Prelude and Winters Fugue as part of my Tartini Series at St Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield. I was privileged to be intimately involved with the genesis of this work.

But, but way of a taster, here is an unedited outtake (scratches, bumps, and all!) of his 2004 Bel Canto.

Listen here:

Violin-PSS

Engineer-Jonathan Haskell (Astounding Sounds)

Tring Parish Church 17-05-10

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