Johannes Ciconia / Guillaume de Machaut / Brian Ferneyhough / Benedict Mason the neurons, the tongue, the cochlea… the breath, the resonance ...

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A vast instrumentarium, both ancient and modern, is deployed for the neurons, the tongue, the cochlea… the breath, the resonance, taking the audience beyond the senses into the realm of the imagination.
Hinterstoisser Traverse, referring to the tragic attempt to climb the north face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps, expresses depth, height, distance and speed – perceived or real – in detailed, taut, three-dimensional music. Finis Terrae by Brian Ferneyhough, carrying on the tradition of English composers of the Renaissance and of Guillaume de Machaut, has proportion, precision and striking refinement, offering musical allegory and, ultimately, melancholy.