Glanert: Requiem for Hieronymus Bosch – UK premiere

Bychkov, who recently conducted the UK premiËre of Glanert’s Weites Land and his arrangement of Schubert’s Einsamkeit with the
BBCSO at the BBC Proms, has held the title of G¸nter Wand Conducting Chair
at the BBCSO since 2012 in recognition of the warmth of his relationship
with the Orchestra.

Detlev Glanert was commissioned to write the large-scale Requiem for
Hieronymus Bosch by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra where he is house
composer. Best known for his triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights, the
Requiem was composed to mark the 500th anniversary of Hieronymus Bosch’s
death in 2016, and premiËred in St John’s Cathedral in Den Bosch in the
Netherlands, the town where Bosch was born and died. The Guardian described
the work as “an outstanding choral achievement, a work of great power and
intensely vivid invention, which uncannily finds musical parallels to
Bosch’s surreal imagination, and to the extremes of his visions of heaven
and hell, grandeur and intimacy.”

Bychkov has been a champion of Glanert’s work since 2007 when he recorded
Theatrum Bestiarum with WDR Sinfonieorchester Kˆln. In 2009, he premiËred
Shoreless River in Cologne before bringing it to the BBC Proms and, in
addition to Weites Land and Einsamkeit, includes Brahms-Fantasie and
Glanert’s arrangement of Brahms’ Four Preludes and Four Serious Songs in
his repertoire. Following the UK premiËre of Requiem for Hieronymous Bosch
at the Barbican, Bychkov will give the first performance of the work in the
Czech Republic with the Czech Philharmonic of which he is Chief Conductor
and Music Director. One year later, in March 2021. Bychkov and the Czech
Philharmonic will give the first performance of a symphony that they have
commissioned from Glanert, one of a programme of 14 new works that the
Orchestra will premiËre in forthcoming seasons.

Total Immersion: Detlev Glanert
kicks off on Saturday lunchtime with a screening of David Bickerstaff’s
2016 documentary The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch, and is followed by
a chamber concert of works by Glanert and his teacher Hans Warner Henze
given by students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Detlev
Glanert will give a talk preceding the evening’s performance of Requiem for
Hieronymus Bosch.

Glanert, Requiem for Hieronymus Bosch Barbican Centre,
Saturday 7 December 2019, 7.30pm

Part of BBCSO Total Immersion: Detlev Glanert

Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 10 December

Aga Mikolaj, soprano

Christa Mayer, mezzo-soprano

Norbert Ernst, tenor

Albert Pesendorfer, bass-baritone

BBC Symphony Chorus

BBC Singers

The first half of the evening will feature works by Thomas Crecquillon,
Pierre de la Rue and Johannes Ockeghem.

“All my musical fantasy comes through the eyes. I listen with my eyes, I
look with my ears! When I hear music, I see things – quite abstract things
sometimes – and when I see things, I hear music. It could be human gestures
or the clouds, or forms or colours… I think maybe it’s close to
synaesthesia. From an early age I have always heard music whatever I look

Detlev Glanert

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Photo credit: Umberto Nicoletti