This year Martin Suckling is writing a series of ‘musical postcards’ for the Scottish Ensemble. These short works will be premiered throughout the ensemble’s 2012/13 season, before being performed as a complete collection in the summer.
The ensemble received the first postcard, entitled In memoriam EMS, this month and performed it to great acclaim in Scotland (see below). London audiences will have the opportunity to hear the ‘superb miniature’ at the Wigmore Hall this evening (30 October 2012).
‘a superb miniature’
‘combining ear-tweaking micro-tonality with intense lyricism’
‘In Memoriam EMS is a superb miniature – an atmospheric snapshot of wispy nostalgia glinting through shimmering microtones and haunting tonal allusions. Look forward to more postcards from Suckling through the season.’
Glasgow Herald (Kate Molleson), 25 October 2012
‘despite its brevity, it still packed a punch, combining ear-tweaking micro-tonality with intense lyricism.’
The Scotsman (David Kettle), 24 October 2012
‘In an exciting innovation, the Scottish composer Martin Suckling is sending the Ensemble “Postcards” this season, the first of which was entitled In memoriam EMS. This short piece had microtonal harmonies with a lyrical cello tune trying to burst through the chorus of birdsong in the upper strings. It was fun watching Morton keeping the birds in order, and I am looking forward to the next postcard.’
Bachtrack (David Smythe), 25 October 2012