POST CONCERT REVIEWS AND CLIPS
The Nocturnal Concert - Notes
6th and 7th Jan, 2017.
Cafe Venture Studio
“In my age, as in my youth, night brings me many a deep remorse. I realize that from the cradle up I have been like the rest of the race - never quite sane in the night”
- Mark Twain
What do I mean by Nocturnal music? There is a vast amount of music inspired by night time; about sleep and restlessness, dreams and nightmares, and so many elements that we associate with night time. But moreover, there is also an inverse relationship, where the calm dim of the evening adds to the creation and reception of the ingredients within such music.
The central work in the program is Nocturnal, by the English composer Benjamin Britten. The work deals with the familiar story of sleep - with tiredness and lethargy, with distractions and anxiety, with insomnia and the insanity that comes with it, and finally with deep slumber. The work is inspired by an old poem/song, Come Heavy Sleep, by John Dowland:
Come heavy Sleep, the image of true Death;
And close up these my weary weeping eyes:
Whose spring of tears doth stop my vital breath,
And tears my heart with Sorrow’s sign-swoll’n cries.
Come and possess my tired thought-worn soul,
That living dies, till thou on me be stole.
Bach Prelude Fugue and Allegro
Alan Thomas Out of Africa
Barrios Sueño en la Floresta
Tarrega Carnival of Venice