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Stephen Plaistow presents a concert by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group including two important Birtwistle pieces which have a connection with his opera The Mask of Orpheus, and discusses the composer with the conductor Simon Rattle.
Colin Matthews also introduces his new BCMG commission, and the concert ends with a staged performance of a unique music theatre piece. Mary King (mezzo)
Peter Hall and Nigel Robson (tenors)
Stephen Roberts (baritone) Terry Edwards (bass) BBC Singers
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Simon Rattle Birtwistle fie/ds of Sorrow:
Colin Matthews ... through the glass (first performance) Stravinsky Renard
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