Instrumentation

3(II+III=picc).3(III=ca).3(III=bcl).3(III=cbsn) – 4331 – perc(2): 2 wdbl/tpl.bl/2 tgl/5 susp.cym/mark tree/t.bells/tam-t/guiro/4 c.bell/japanese temple bell/bongos/BD/gong – vib – glsp(=crot/tgl) – cel – elec keyboard – harp – strings

Availability

Score 0571557112 (fp) on sale, solo part, DX7IID disk and parts for hire

Programme Notes

If there is a ‘programme’ to this piece then it concerns man’s relation to bliss (ananda): presence, absence, pathways to and from it. Like much of the composer’s recent music it uses a chain of linked melodies for statement, transformation, polyphony and fragmentation. There is a ‘concertante’ group which consists of glockenspiel, crotales, electric keyboard, celesta, harp and vibraphone. This group, like a chariot of light, often takes the solo cello on a sort of celestial journey, lifting it as it were out of its dialectic with the main orchestra. In 2005 a new version was made which lightened the orchestration generally and added some material, such as extending a cadenza. This permits even more the role of the cello to be not the usual macho heroic one, rather a gentle, sensitive and receptive one, reflecting the response of bliss to what the cello-protagonist hears. It is dedicated to Frances-Marie Uitti.

Jonathan Harvey

Cello Concerto

Radio Broadcast (Japan)

Cello Concerto

deSingel (Antwerp, Belgium)

Arne Deforce, de Filharmonie, Martyn Brabbins

Cello Concerto

BBC Radio 3 (United Kingdom)

Arne Deforce, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov

Cello Concerto

Tramway (Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom)

Arne Deforce, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov

Cello Concerto

Flagey (Brussels, Belgium)

Jean-Guihen Queyras, Orchestre National de Belgique, Pascal Rophé