Up at Musical Pointers.
For any new music lover desperate to hear beyond the half-dozen post-war composers who now command an anniversary bonanza or two between them every year, the Philharmonia’s Music of Today series is breath itself.
Under Julian Anderson’s encyclopaedic artistic direction it unfailingly introduces Southbank audiences to substantial works by leading European and American composers. These are generally of the younger generation but are by no means raw ingénues. They are always talented, significant and have established reputations away, but are practically unknown to concert halls in this country.
Michel van der Aa (b.1970) is a perfect example. A respected figure on the continent, with a string of major prizes to his name, and a composer of rich, distinctive music that manages to be approachable without sounding cheap, he should be better known here than he is. Here’s hoping for a change.
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