Tuesday 7 September 2021 7:30PM

Riot Ensemble

Lullabies and the Gods
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  • Riot Ensemble
  • Sarah Saviet violin
  • Stephen Upshaw viola
  • Louise McMonagle cello
  • Joseph Houston piano

This programme - Riot’s 3rd appearance at the Wigmore Hall in 2021 - showcases its characteristic flexibility and flair. Ahead of his centenary next year, this programme opens with Xenakis' pulse-filled Ikhoor' ('the transparent, ethereal liquid that flows in the veins of the gods') and then shifts between string trio and works for Riot Ensemble soloists (commissioned by Riot Ensemble during the 2020 COVID Pandemic - two receiving their first live performances tonight). Often calm, meditative and intensely personal, each half then closes with a virtuosic display adding piano into the mix: George Lewis' A Mangle of Practice and Enno Poppe's Trauben - both of which require an abundance of 'Ikhoor' in the veins of their players!

  • Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001)
      • Ikhoor
  • Farzia Fallah (b.1980)
      • Lalayi II, a lullaby for Sohrab
  • Errollyn Wallen (b.1958)
      • Lavinia
        • (live performance première) [1]
  • George Lewis (b.1952)
      • The Mangle of Practice
  • Interval
  • Bryn Harrison (b.1969)
      • A Coiled Form
        • (world première) [2]
  • Ailie Robertson (b.1983)
      • Skydance
  • Peter Wilson (b.1990)
      • String Trio
  • Enno Poppe (b.1969)
      • Trauben
  1. Commission supported by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
  2. Commission supported by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

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