Michael Torke: Ecstatic orange
Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht
Michael Nyman: 8 Lust Songs
Pet Shop Boys : I wouldn't normally do this kind of thing arr. Richard Niles
The BBC Concert Orchestra runs the gamut from torment to joy with Exstatica.
New York composer Michael Torke maxes out minimalism in his 'Ecstatic Orange', a hammering, pounding, whirling, dervish-like explosion of intensified sound, strapping the audience into a synaesthetic rollercoaster ride of imaginary colour and light.
In Arnold Schoenberg's 'Transfigured Night' we're plunged into a totally different ecstasy, inspired by Richard Dehmel's poem where star-crossed lovers experience a moment of incandescent bliss. Schoenberg's response to this is one of his most passionate utterances. He moves from the depths of darkness to transcendent light, glowing, magical.
Michael Nyman's lustful songs 'I Sonetti Lussuriosi' are set to the pornographic poems of Pietro Aretino. Despite being in Italian their sexually explicit lyrics ensured the CD release wore the 'Parental Advisory' sticker more associated with gangsta rap. When a translation was commissioned for the premiere in 2008, it proved too much for management who banned the sale of the concert programme on the grounds of obscenity.
Physical and intellectual ecstasy are all wrapped up in a special version of the Pet Shop Boys' classic dance hit 'I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind Of Thing', where Neil Tennant expressed the immortal desire to 'take all my clothes off and dance to the Rite of Spring.'
This event contains explicit material and is suitable for audiences aged 16+Performers
BBC Concert Orchestra
Keith Lockhart conductor
Marie Angel soprano
Kate Winter vocals
Christopher Cook presenter