Genre: Chamber music

International Composer Festival – Adam’s Rib

Philharmonic musicians together with the Zilliacus Quartet as the festival with Sir James MacMillan's music comes to an end.

This year's International Composer Festival at Konserthuset Stockholm is dedicated to the Scottish composer James MacMillan. The spiritual is highly present in his emotional and powerful music, rooted in his Catholic faith. For him, musical experiences are a possible source of insights and contact with something fantastic, life-changing, and elevated.

Alongside his significant production of orchestral works and choral pieces, MacMillan also has a fantastic catalogue of chamber music. For brass quintet, we hear the evocative, sometimes darkly expressive Adam’s Rib, and Exsultet, where the quintet is augmented with percussion. The title Exsultet is taken from a hymn from the 4th century that proclaims Easter, and Kiss on Wood, in a version for cello and piano, is a peaceful meditation on Good Friday verses.

The cello sonata, with intermittently dance-like elements, consists of one movement but seven sections designed as a palindromic arch. MacMillan's music often connects to spirituality, faith, or literary writings from various times, but of his third string quartet, he says, "It's just notes and nothing else." Nevertheless, it is music that operates in the borderland between the physical and the ethereal, between sound and silence.

Philharmonic musicians together with the Zilliacus Quartet as the festival with Sir James MacMillan's music comes to an end.

Sunday 17 November 2024 15.00

Ends approximately 17.00

Price:

220 SEK

This year's International Composer Festival at Konserthuset Stockholm is dedicated to the Scottish composer James MacMillan. The spiritual is highly present in his emotional and powerful music, rooted in his Catholic faith. For him, musical experiences are a possible source of insights and contact with something fantastic, life-changing, and elevated.

Alongside his significant production of orchestral works and choral pieces, MacMillan also has a fantastic catalogue of chamber music. For brass quintet, we hear the evocative, sometimes darkly expressive Adam’s Rib, and Exsultet, where the quintet is augmented with percussion. The title Exsultet is taken from a hymn from the 4th century that proclaims Easter, and Kiss on Wood, in a version for cello and piano, is a peaceful meditation on Good Friday verses.

The cello sonata, with intermittently dance-like elements, consists of one movement but seven sections designed as a palindromic arch. MacMillan's music often connects to spirituality, faith, or literary writings from various times, but of his third string quartet, he says, "It's just notes and nothing else." Nevertheless, it is music that operates in the borderland between the physical and the ethereal, between sound and silence.

  • The music

    Approximate times
  • James MacMillan Adam’s Rib for brass quintet
    12 min
  • James MacMillan Exsultet for brass quintet and percussion
    8 min
  • James MacMillan Kiss on Wood, version for cello and piano
    9 min
  • Intermission
    25 min
  • James MacMillan Sonata No. 2 for cello and piano
    17 min
  • James MacMillan String Quartet No. 3
    25 min
  • Participants

  • Brasskvintett ur Kungliga Filharmonikerna
  • Daniel Kåse percussion
  • Marie Macleod cello
  • Martin Sturfält piano
  • Zilliacus Quartet

Sunday 17 November 2024 15.00

Ends approximately 17.00

Price:

220 SEK


A cello rises to the sky in James MacMillan’s striking cello concerto. Marie Macleod is the solist and this is followed by Ryan Bancroft leading the orchestra in Elgar’s masterpiece Enigma Variations.