Amanda Lee Falkenberg and Marin Alsop on The Moons Symphony

Friday, October 14, 2022

Composer and conductor discuss a work that gazes out, deep into space

A recording of the Australian composer Amanda Lee Falkenberg’s The Moons Symphony has just been released in Dolby Atmos sound by Signum. Featuring London Voices and the London Symphony Orchestra, the work is conducted by Marin Alsop.

Gramophone Podcasts are made in association with Wigmore Hall, sponsors of the 2022 Chamber Award. Full details of next week's concerts below.

For this podcast, Gramophone’s James Jolly spoke with Amanda in Dubai and Marin in Vienna about the project, its ambitious programme and the challenges of recording such a large-scale work in the middle of the pandemic.

You can listen to the Podcast above. To hear other Gramophone podcasts, or to subscribe for free to new editions, search for 'Gramophone' in your Podcast App of choice, or visit Gramophone's page on Apple Music podcasts.

And you can listen to The Moons Symphony, in Spatial Audio, on Apple Music below.


Upcoming concerts at Wigmore Hall, October 15-22

Saturday, October 15 at 7.30pm
The Nash Ensemble and friends give a Vaughan Williams Anniversary Concert, of music by VW and his friends Frank Bridge, Edward Elgar and Arnold Bax, culminating in a performance of the Serenade to Music with a spectacular line-up of 16 vocalists.

Sunday, October 16 at 11.30am
The Eggner Trio, three Austrian brothers, play Hummel’s G major Piano Trio and Beethoven’s B flat, the Archduke.

Sunday, October 16 at 3pm and 7.30pm
In the afternoon and evening Alisa Weilerstein plays Bach’s six cello suites – Nos 1-3 at 3pm and Nos 4-6 at 7.30pm.

Monday, October 17 at 1pm & streamed live
Christine Rice and Julius Drake perform Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été and Britten’s Winter Words.

Monday, October 17 at 7.30pm
The Silesian Quartet play Grazyna Baciewicz’s Fourth Quartet (their Chandos recording of Baciewicz string quartets won a Gramophone Award), Miecyszlaw Weinberg’s Third Quartet and joined – by the pianist Wojciech Świtała – conclude with the Piano Quintet by Juliusz Zarębski.

Tuesday, October 18 at 7.30pm
La Nuova Musica directed by David Bates and joined by singers Louise Kemény, Miriam Allan, Hugh Cutting  and Ben Johnson perform madrigals and motets by Claudio Monteverdi.

Wednesday, October 19 at 7.30pm & streamed at 8pm
The soprano Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha with pianist Simon Lepper perform sings by Mahler, Liszt, Wagner and Barber (his Knoxville: Summer of 1915) concluding with a selection of spirituals.

Thursday, October 20 at 7.30pm
Preceded by an open rehearsal in the afternoon at 2pm, the Wigmore Soloists play septets by Berwald and Beethoven sandwiching Zemlinsky’s Clarinet Trio.

Friday, October 21 at 1pm
The second Wigmore lunchtime concert of The Wigmore Hall French Song Exchange – a coaching programme lead by Dame Felicity Lott and François le Roux – features some of the best emerging talent in the mélodie, all presenting their own interpretations. The singers are sopranos Olivia Boen and Louise Fuller and mezzo Stephanie Wake-Edwards. Sebastian Wybrew is at the piano.

Friday, October 22 at 7.30 & streamed at 8pm
The Castalian Quartet play Britten’s First Quartet, the UK premiere of Charlotte Bray’s Ungrievable Lives, a musical response to the migration crisis. The piece will be performed in conjunction with an art installation by Caroline Burraway, of children’s dresses handmade from discarded refugee jackets. And the concert ends with Sibelius’s String Quartet in D minor Op 56, Voces intimae.

To watch any of the streamed concerts just visit Wigmore Hall. Become a friend to access priority booking and priority booking is open now for concerts Jan-March 



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