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Composer: Davies, Tansy

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A foggy evening at the New York Philharmonic

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the US première of Tansy Davies' Forest, a work intended to evoke a Romantic sensation of mystery and nature.
***11
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Emperors and prophets from Salonen

Nigel Back, Richard Watkins, Katy Woolley and Michael Thompson © Camilla Greenwell
Clear playing from Pierre-Laurent Aimard in the Emperor Concerto and a sense of the dramatic in Also sprach Zarathustra brought life to old warhorses, while a new concerto from Tansy Davies made waves.
****1
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Youth rises to the challenge Mahler's Ninth

Sir Mark Elder conducting the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The National Youth Orchestra with Sir Mark Elder at the helm ruminate over nothingness in this mature and moving performance of Mahler's Ninth.
****1
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The power of love: Between Worlds at the Barbican

Rhian Lois, Philip Rhodes, Eric Greene, Clare Presland and William Morgan © Hugo Glendinning
A new co-commissioned production from English National Opera and the Barbican sees Tansy Davies tackle the most harrrowing of modern subjects: 9/11.
*****
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Nonclassical begins the Pioneers of Percussion Festival in Hoxton

Nonclassical at the Macbeth in February 2013
What is it about percussion concerts? They always seem to have a different feeling to other shows, a palpable sense of energy, curiosity and excitement.
****1
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