BBC broadcasts Gísladóttir and Steen-Andersen

The opening concert from Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music 2018 will be broadcast in the radio programme Hear and Now at the BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 3 November.

If you missed out on the opening of this year’s Darmstadt, now you have the chance to experience the entire concert at home, when BBC Radio 3 broadcasts the entire concert.

This includes Bára Gísladóttir’s ‘VAPE’ and Simon Steen-Andersen’s ‘Piano Concerto’ performed by Frankfurt Radio Symphony conducted by Baldur Brönnimann and with Nicolas Hodges as soloist in the piano concert.

The programme will be available for streaming for 30 days after broadcast right here. 

When Bára Gísladóttir’s VAPE was premiered by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in 2017, the composer told about the inspiration for the work: 

“The piece is inspired by the Tokyo subway sarin attacks committed by Aum Shinrikyo in 1995. Five terrorists boarded one subway each, carrying plastic bags with sarin. Sarin is a transparent liquid that can easily evaporate into vapour, hence the title VAPE. In the piece, the instruments are divided into five groups, as representatives of each attack, describing the circumstances, atmosphere, both literally and figuratively, as well as the actual vaporisation.”

Simon Steen-Andersen’s ‘Piano Concerto’ composed in 2014 is well on its way to becoming a contemporary classic and has already been performed in a number of European concert halls. Two upcoming performances are scheduled for January 2019 in Basel by the Basel Sinfonietta and in Glasgow by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.