Paul Hillier on Jóhann Jóhannsson's Drone Mass

Friday, March 18, 2022

Theatre of Voices' director on recording a 'contemporary oratorio' by the late Icelandic composer

A recording of Drone Mass by the late Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson is released today by Deutsche Grammophon, performed by Theatre of Voices and ACME, and conducted by Paul Hillier. In today's Gramophone podcast, Hillier joins Editor Martin Cullingford to recall the creative process of working with Jóhannsson, and to explore this fascinating work and the experience of recording it.

Gramophone Podcasts are given in association with Wigmore Hall. To see details of concerts for the week starting March 19, please scroll down.

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Wigmore Hall concerts (from Saturday, March 19)

Saturday March 19, 7.30pm LIVE STREAMED at 8pm
Angela Hewitt pf

Mozart  Piano Sonata in F, K332
Bach The Well-tempered Clavier Book II, Preludes and Fugues Nos 13-16, BWV882-5
Mozart  Piano Sonata in B flat, K333
Chabrier Impromptu in C. Bourrée fantasque 

Sunday March 20, 11.30am

Leonore Piano Trio      

Dvořák Piano Trio in E minor, Op 90, 'Dumky'
Mendelssohn  Piano Trio No 2 in C minor, Op 66

Sunday March 20, 3.00pm
Helen Charlston mez          
Sholto Kynoch pf

Songs by C Schumann, Brahms, Britten, Clarke, Finzi, Juliana Hall and (from the Isolation Songbook, commissioned by Helen Charlston), Andrew Brixey-Williams, Joshua Borin, Nathan James Dearden and Stephen Bick       

Sunday March 20, 7.30pm
Jess Gillam sax                
Manchester Camerata                

Programme to include:
Daniel Kidane Be Still
Shostakovich Chamber Symphony in C minor Op 110a (arr Barshai)
Glazunov  Saxophone Concerto Op. 109


BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
Monday March 21, 1.00pm LIVE STREAMED
Louise Alder sop 
Joseph Middleton pf             

Songs by Beach, C Schumann, L Boulanger, A Mahler and Libby Larsen

Monday March 21, 7.30pm

Christian McBride dbl bass              
Inside Straight
Seven-time Grammy Award-winning jazz double bassist and Wigmore Hall Associate Artist Christian McBride returns with his acoustic quintet Inside Straight.

Tuesday March 22, 5.00pm

Students from the Royal Academy of Music   
Members of the Nash Ensemble
Introduced by Gillian Moore CBE

Huw Watkins String Trio
Isabella Gellis New work for clarinet, viola and cello
Messiaen Préludes – Cloches d'angoisses et larmes d'adieu
Conrad Asman New work for string trio
Thomas Adès  Court Studies from The Tempest

Tuesday March 22, 6.15pm
Gillian Moore CBE talks to the eminent composer and teacher Alexander Goehr about his distinguished career over the decades, and the pieces to be performed in the evening concert.


Tuesday 22 March 7.30pm
Claire Booth, Emilia Bertolini sops           
Clare Presland mez            
Nicky Spence ten      
Nash Ensemble              
Students from the Royal Academy of Music   

Goehr  ...around Stravinsky, Op 72 for solo violin, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn
Emma-Ruth Richards de Stamparare for solo oboe
Goehr Largo Siciliano, Op 91 for piano, horn and violin. Six Laments for solo clarinet (world première)
Julian Anderson  Ring Dance for two violins
Goehr Combat of Joseph della Reina and the Devil


Wednesday 23 March 7.30pm
aAlice Coote, bFleur Barron, cMarta Fontanals-Simmons mezs    
Graham Johnson pf
Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellenc. Kindertotenliederb. Rückert Liedera. Hans und Grete. Des Knaben Wunderhorn – Rheinlegendchen; Urlicht

Edges of Europe - Composers born in 1694
Thursday 24 March 7.30pm
Jean-Guihen Queyras vc      
{oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna / Martyna Pastuszka vn

Leo Sinfonia concertata for cello and strings in C minor
Roman Partita in C minor, BeRI8
Leo Cello Concerto No 3 in D minor
Roman Sinfonia in A, BeRI16. Suite in D, BeRI2.5
Leo Cello Concerto No 4 in A 


Friday March 25, 7.30pm
Joshua Bell vn           
Shai Wosner pf    

Schubert Violin Sonata (Sonatina) in D, D384
Beethoven Violin Sonata No 7 in C minor, Op 30 No 2
Bloch Baal Shem
Ravel Violin Sonata No 2 in G


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