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Shostakovich, Messiaen and Glass with Venezuelan pianist and composer Gabriela Montero

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Gabriela Montero
Babel (European premiere)

Chamber Symphony Op. 118a

Quartet for the End of Time (movement 5)

Pēteris Vasks

plus improvisation by SE and Gabriela Montero

Babel explores the concept of music that comes with a message; a selection of powerful pieces using music as a tool to communicate something that words could not.

At the heart of the concert is Gabriela Montero’s new commission for piano and string orchestra, a colourful and inventive portrait of her experience as human rights activist as she tries to be heard in a world which wants only to talk, not listen.

Montero’s voice is joined by others, from Barshai’s arrangement of Shostakovich’s tenth String Quartet – an honest, heartfelt illustration of his disillusionment with a crushing Soviet regime – to Messiaen’s astonishing invocation of heaven, written whilst a German prisoner of war.

Join us and witness the room fill with complex, deep and urgent messages, from the political to the philosophical, without a single word being uttered.

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The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh

Tue 12 Feb 2019 at 7:30 pm

85-89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG

0131 668 2019