Running time: 12 Minutes
6 February 2017
One of the most dramatic, influential and celebrated pieces of music ever written, and one of the most exciting, innovative and idiosyncratic composers of today’s generation…
Anno is a collaboration between Scottish Ensemble, the UK’s leading professional string orchestra, and the critically-acclaimed composer, performer and producer Anna Meredith.
It combines movements from Vivaldi’s instantly recognisable masterpiece, The Four Seasons, with new music by Anna and bespoke visuals by her sister, visual artist and illustrator Eleanor Meredith.
The live experience, premiered in London’s Oval Space in June 2016 as part of the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival, represents the passing of a year (hence, Anno). In parts, it is achingly, bittersweetly beautiful – in others, fierce and breathtaking. Both the London premiere, and its Scottish premieres in November of the same year, received critical praise.
This mini documentary, filmed across the two premieres, offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creation of the piece as well as exclusive live footage from the performances.
Filmmaker and photographer: Hugh Carswell (Maker)