Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Premiere of Paul Mealor's Symphony No. 3

Illustration for Paradiso by Gustave Dore.
Illustration for Paradiso by Gustave Dore.
On 30 November 2018, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conductor Geoffrey Paterson, will be giving the premiere of Paul Mealor's Symphony No. 3 'Illumination' at the BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff. Inspired by the final section of Dante's The Divine Comedy in which the Italian poet describes his journey through Heaven, the things he sees and the people he encounters on the way to the true home of God, saints, angels and the faithful, the symphony is a single-movement work in which Mealor meditates on the images from Dante's poem and uses a variety of techniques from tuned wine-glasses to structural devices based on the Fibonacci sequence and the Golden Section to bring Dante's ideas to musical life.

The concert also includes the UK premiere of Jonathan Dove's Sunshine (originally commissioned by the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra), William Mathias' Helios (written in 1975 in memory of Grace Williams), Per Nørgård’s Iris (a work from 1966 which, like Mealor's symphony, uses the Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Mean), and Sibelius' Night Ride and Sunrise.

The concert is at 2pm on 30 November 2018 and will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and subsequently available for 30 days on BBC iPlayer. Further details from the BBC website.

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