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Wigmore Hall associate artists announced

Reopening next month Wigmore Hall have announced nine new associate artists: composer/performer Nitin Sawhney, sarod players Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash, viola player Lawrence Power, soprano Gweneth Ann Rand, …

Published: 14 Apr 2021. Updated: 13 days.

Reopening next month Wigmore Hall have announced nine new associate artists: composer/performer Nitin Sawhney, sarod players Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash, viola player Lawrence Power, soprano Gweneth Ann Rand, saxophonist Trish Clowes, vocal and movement artist Elaine Mitchener and bassist Christian McBride. Over the next five years each associate artist will appear annually at least once, according to the Hall.

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Variations on a Melancholy Theme

“The theme itself has a wistful character, perhaps a feeling of resignation. There is some sense of finality and ending to it when heard for the first time already. So as I composed, a narrative challenge emerged; namely, how to embark on a story …

Published: 14 Apr 2021. Updated: 3 months.

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“The theme itself has a wistful character, perhaps a feeling of resignation. There is some sense of finality and ending to it when heard for the first time already. So as I composed, a narrative challenge emerged; namely, how to embark on a story that begins with a conclusion. While the theme evokes melancholy, I let it be used as a springboard for other happy, wild, violent, and reckless emotions as the variations progress,” Brad Mehldau.

Warily ambulatory in tempo and mood and with the faded elegance of a matinee presentation at the pictures in atmosphere pianist Brad Mehldau and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra's 'Theme' from Variations on a Melancholy Theme is streaming. One of 15 pieces, 11 numbered variations follow, a cadenza, postlude and piece called 'Encore' containing 'x' and 'y' named variations. Brad Mehldau, top. Photo: Nonesuch, who release the album on 11 June