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Two World Premieres for the BBC SSO’s first appearance at this year’s festival. Scratch Orchestra co-founder Michael Parsons’s new work Levels for Orchestra “presents the sound of the orchestra primarily as raw material, without reference to the accumulated residue of representational, narrative and emotive associations”. Liza Lim’s Sappho/ Bioluminescence meanwhile, is the first part of her Annunciation Triptych which celebrating icons of women’s spiritual traditions (in this case the Greek poet Sappho). Finally, saxophonist and composer Ingrid Laubrock’s Drilling is from a series of pieces inspired by dream diaries and composed in a quasi-dream-like state, as a haunting, slow harmonic progression becomes increasingly corrupted by electronics and detuned piano chords.

Michael Parsons LEVELS for orchestra (BBC Commission, World Premiere)
Liza Lim Sappho/Bioluminesscence (BBC Commission, World Premiere)
Ingrid Laubrock Drilling*

Ingrid Laubrock tenor saxophone*
Cory Smythe keyboard*
Matthew Wright electronics*
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov conductor

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