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    Vivier: Love Songs

    Sat 7 May 2022, 8pm
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Classical music
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    Vivier: Love Songs, performed by Soundstreams

    ‘Nobody who hears Claude Vivier is quite the same afterwards.’

    The Globe and Mail

    Written straight from the heart, Vivier’s songs give voice to his longing for love and reveal the unparalleled brilliance of his musical imagination.

    The composer lived a colourful and often bizarre life before he was tragically murdered in Paris in 1983, a year after moving to the city from his native Montréal.

    As a musician, Vivier knew few boundaries. He was a disciple of Stockhausen whose own works would make his avant-garde teacher’s sound dated.

    They combine languages, traditions and schools, reflect his cosmopolitan travels and make strange, unusual demands of their performers.

    Vivier is slowly being recognised in his native Canada and beyond as the maverick genius he was. His works were, according to his biographer Bob Gilmore, a way of ‘confronting loneliness, darkness, terror; of negotiating a relationship with God; of voicing an insatiable longing for acceptance and love.’

    Forming part of a special focus on the music of Claude Vivier, the Southbank Centre is pleased to present a selection of the composer’s most sincere and blazingly original songs for voice, piano and percussion.

    This is music that sings of love, religion, the universe and the central questions of life.

    The performance concludes with the world premiere of Christopher Mayo’s personal homage to Vivier, an artist truly ahead of his time.

    Vivier: Love Songs is kindly supported by Cockayne - Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation.

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    • Soundstreams
    • Vivier: Love Songs for 4 female voices & 3 male voices; Hymnen an die Nacht for soprano & piano
    • Interval
    • Vivier: Shiraz for piano; 5 Chansons pour percussion
    • Christopher Mayo: Oceano Nox (UK premiere)

    Need to know

    This show is part of a series dedicated to the music of Claude Vivier, presented by Soundstreams and the London Sinfonietta.

    Follow the links below to explore the rest of the series:
    Long Song of Solitude, Friday 6 May

    Musik für das Ende, Sunday 8 May

    Dates & times

    Sat 7 May 2022, 8pm

    Approximate run time: 110 mins.

    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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