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Cohen Ensemble: Transfigured

Part of Classical Season 2017/18

The Cohen Ensemble (formerly Isis Ensemble) returns to Southbank Centre for the first time under its new name.

With a string orchestra programme based around the themes of love and transformation, the ensemble presents three world premieres.

Sibelius's classic Romance in C is framed by two of these premieres, Jacques Cohen's Beginnings and Endings and Lost in this Moment by 19-year-old Scottish composer Zakia Fawcett.

The two new pieces are partly inspired by Sibelius and the triptych is played without a break.

For Angel commemorates the violinist David Angel, who sadly died last year.

Best known as the second violin of the Maggini Quartet, David led the second violins in the Cohen Ensemble for many years and made a huge impact on music-making in the UK, both as a performer and a pedagogue.

Based around his initials (DEA), this piece exploits these open strings of the violin while the absent principal second violinist (whose chair remains empty throughout) is eventually heard off-stage.

Love Journeys, for soprano and strings, first performed at Southbank Centre in 2014, is a setting of poems by James Joyce from a his collection Chamber Music.

The piece follows the progress of a young love affair that begins in spring amid the resplendent Irish countryside and ends in late autumn out at sea.

The evening concludes with Schoenberg's Transfigured Night.

Based on a poem by Richard Dehmel and written at the height of Schoenberg's highly charged early Romantic period, it describes the physical and emotional journey of a couple following a dramatic revelation.


Cohen Ensemble
Jacques Cohen conductor
Marie Vassiliou soprano


Jacques Cohen: Beginnings & Endings (World premiere)
Sibelius: Romance in C for string orchestra, Op.42
Zakia Fawcett: Lost in this Moment (World premiere)
Marcus Paus: Love's Last Rites (UK premiere)
Jacques Cohen: Love Journeys for soprano & strings
Jacques Cohen: For Angel (World premiere)
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht

Dates & times

17 May 2018
Approximate run time: 115 mins
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Purcell Room


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